Gardening and Landscaping Apprentice

  • Company: Bedford College (Shuttleworth Campus)
  • Location: Biggleswade, SG18 9DX
  • Type: Apprenticeship
  • Salary: Between £9,400.00 and £18,500.00 per year
  • Sector: Education
  • Ref: VAC-12450
  • Application Deadline Date: 31/07/2022
  • Start Date: 05/09/2022
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Working Week: Monday- Thursday 8:00am-4:30pm, Friday 8:00am- 4:00pm

Brief Description

Do you enjoy spending time outdoors working with nature? Do you enjoy gardening and working on projects? Are you a perfectionist with great attention to detail? Apply now!

Qualifications Required

To be considered for this role you will ideally need to have GCSE grades 9-3 (A*- D) in English and maths or the ability to work towards Level 2 Functional Skills during the programme.

If you don't meet the entry requirements for this vacancy but are still interested in an apprenticeship, please contact our dedicated Apprenticeship Recruitment Team who can discuss this with you further - apprenticeships@bedford.ac.uk or 01234 291375.

Personal Qualities

Positive attitude
Motivated
Team player
Enjoys being outside
Practical nature

Skills Required

Good communication skills
Ability to follow instructions and work using your own initiative

Future Prospects

From this role applicants would be able to move into work based horticulture in industry. Applicants would also be able to move into general garden maintenance or landscaping industries.

There is also a possibility of a full time position at the College on successful completion of the apprenticeship.

Vacancy Detail

Shuttleworth College is set within the stunning location of Old Warden Park, near Biggleswade. It's a specialist land-based College, which offers agricultural and environmental education, as well as animal sciences, equine studies and outdoor adventure within the acres of parkland, farm land, lakes and woodland. Shuttleworth College is also part of a wider group of colleges called the Bedford College Group.

Under the supervision of the Senior Groundsman, you will work alongside a knowledgeable, skilled and experienced team at various sites around the Bedford College Group. Duties will include planting and maintenance of grassed areas, flower beds, formal gardens, wildlife habitats, hedge cutting, trees and shrubs. Your working week will consist of one day at college and the remaining days spending time with the grounds team learning how to use a mower, strimmer, hedge cutter and other tools as required. You will also learn the maintenance of the tools and the general health and safety of using them.

In addition to your apprenticeship, you will have the chance to also attend day courses needed for the job role such as spraying qualifications PA1 and PA6.

Other Information

Candidates must carry out an initial interview with a member of Bedford College (Part of the the Bedford College Group)

Candidates will need to be prepared to work outside in all weathers.
You would be completing a two year apprenticeship at Shuttleworth College, which you would attend one day a week.

Ready to start your adventure?