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Job Title : Gardener Apprentice
Employer : Luton Hoo Hote, Golf & Spa
Location : Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 3TQ
Position Type : Apprenticeship
Sector : Horticulture
Vacancy Reference : VAC-11895
Brief Description : The apprentice gardener will work along side the head gardener and other members of the estates team in ensuring that the grounds of Luton Hoo are maintained to the highest standard.

 

Qualifications Required : Minimum grade 3 Maths and English
Vacancy Detail : The apprentice gardener will work along side the head gardener and other members of the estates team in ensuring that the grounds of Luton Hoo are maintained to the highest standard.

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to gain hands-on gardening experience alongside our head gardener, estate manager and other members of the gardening team whilst working towards your qualification.

Whilst at work you will be trained in maintaining the estate, gardens and waterways and you will be aware of the history of the gardens including architects and landscape gardeners who have developed the estate. You will assist in maintaining the gardens for public access and in the maintenance of bridges, banks and waterways.
Your day to day tasks will include:

• To maintain and Estate/Gardens and waterways, as directed.

• Understand and be aware of the history of the gardens including architects and landscape gardeners and how they have developed the Estate.

• Assist with the maintenance of all bridges, banks, waterways and fountains on the Estate.

• Prepare and maintain greenhouses

• Assist with the development of turf culture, hedge cutting and the pruning/training of ornamental trees and shrubs and climbing plants in many styles.

• General weed control, trimming and tidying.

• Some vegetable and herb cultivation and vinification.

• Planting and aftercare of various trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants as instructed by the Head Gardener.

• Various hard and soft landscaping tasks including turfing, paving ground works, and soil cultivation.
Positions Available : 1
Working Week : 40 hours per week over 5 days (Monday-Friday). Typical shift pattern: 06.30-15.00 or 07.00-15.30.
Salary : £175.00 Per Week
Application Deadline Date : 11/11/2019
Possible Start Date : 06/01/2020
Personal Qualities : A desire to build a career in horticulture/gardening.
An enthusiastic, motivated individual with a positive can-do attitude.
A team player with the willingness to learn new skills.
Skills Required : Good communication skills.
Future Prospects : Progression within our gardening team as trainee gardener or gardener.
Training to be Provided : Level 2 Apprenticeship in either Horticulture or Landscape Operative. Plus: Emegency First Aid at Work, Level 2 Safe use of handling and application of pesticides, Functional Skills in English & maths (if required). You will also study a range of topics to include: Health and Safety, Business Skills, Machinery, Plant and Soil Science, Plant health
Other Information : A complimentary regular minibus service to and from Luton Park Street is available to all employees.
There is a shuttlebus to Shuttleworth College

Candidates must attend an initial interview with a member of the Bedford College Apprenticeship Recruitment Team and complete an online maths and English test which will be sent out prior to your initial interview if you meet the entry criteria. Please note this is part of the recruitment process and must be completed in order for your application to be progressed to the next stage.

You will be completing an intermediate level apprenticeship and gain the qualification of 'Horticulture Operative'. The apprenticeship will be delivered on-the-job and will also require college attendance once a week. The college attendance will be included in your working hours. The expected duration of the apprenticeship is 24 months.
Things to consider : The weekly wage increases in year to £250/week (if 18 or over) and £310 (if 21 or over)

Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa one of the country’s finest 5 star hotels, is set in the heart of 1065 acres of historic gardens and parkland designed by Capability Brown. With our 2 rosette Wernher Restaurant and award winning Adam’s Brasserie we are committed to delivering hospitality to the highest standard. Our five star facilities include a luxurious spa, championship golf course, state of the art conference facilities and shooting school.
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