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Horticulture Grounds Maintenance Apprenticeship SCOFELL LANDSCAPES LTD

Scofell Landscapes Ltd is looking for a Grounds Maintenance Apprentice (Horticulture Level 2) to work on a commercial site based in Harwell, Oxfordshire and 3 hotels based around the Newbury/Abingdon area. You will learn a range of skills such as that will help develop your career and will work in a friendly and supportive environment. The role will involve tasks such as seasonal hedge pruning and mixed border work.

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Closing date: 14 Feb 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Summer- 1st March -31st October - 7.30am - 5.15pm Mon - Thur, Fri - 7.30 - 4pm Winter - 1st Nov - end Feb - 7.30am - 4.30pm

    Total hours per week: 42.5

    (the hours are based on the candidate being over 18)

  • Expected duration

    27 Months

  • Possible start date

    17 Apr 2023

  • Date posted

    28 Nov 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The role would include:

  • Seasonal hedge pruning
  • Mixed border work
  • Leaf blowing and collection
  • Planting
  • Landscaping
  • Grass cutting and strimming
  • Trained in the use of a variety of hand tools and machinery such as strimmers, leaf blowers, lawnmowers and hedgecutters

Training is run in conjunction with Sparsholt College, Sparsholt, SO21 2NF where you will attend college one day per week during term time for approximately, the course runs for approximately 2 years. In return we offer a competitive salary starting at £297.50 per week.  This is an ideal way of starting your grounds maintenance career as you will get paid whilst completing your education.

You will be required to attend Sparsholt College on a day release basis to learn about horticulture, to include:

  • Health & Safety
  • Use and maintain non-powered and handheld powered equipment
  • Use and maintain pedestrian controlled equipment
  • Environment protection
  • Plant identification and nomenclature, Latin and common
  • Vegetation control
  • Soil science and cultivation
  • Plant establish & maintenance
  • Plant grown
  • Plant health

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

  • Training to be provided
  • Horticulture and Landscape Operative Level 2
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Pa1 Level 2 Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides Guidance
  • Apprentices will need to complete and pass their End point Assessments to achieve their apprenticeship.
  • On-line knowledge assessment - a 60-minute online test containing 40 multiple choice questions
  • Practical assessment EPA - a range of 3 practical activities taking no more than six hours undertaken in controlled conditions with responses to verbal questioning from the Independent End Point Assessor.  The apprentice will undertake two tasks from the core tasks and one task from the optional route - Horticulture or Landscaping
  • Professional Discussion EPA . An hour-long professional discussion under controlled conditions between the EPA and the apprentice to allow the apprentice to demonstrate their knowledge

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship you may be offered a permanent position

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Physical fitness, Aptitude for learning, An interest in Horticulture


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade D (3)) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade D (3) or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C (4) or above) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C (4) or above) Desired
Other Driving License (Grade Full) Essential

Things to consider

Candidates need to be 18 years or older for insurance purposes. They also need to be able to travel from site to site so a driving license will be required

About the employer

We provide professional grounds maintenance services, landscaping, and tree services to a range of clients in many industries and sectors, from business and retail parks to schools, hotels and more.







RG18 0SR

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Training provider



Karen Jackson

01962 797452

Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape construction operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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