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Job Title : Apprentice Gardener
Employer : South Pickenham Estate Ltd
Location : Swaffham, Norfolk, PE37 8DZ
Position Type : Apprenticeship/Internship
Sector : Horticulture
Vacancy Reference : VAC-01460
Vacancy Short Description : An excellent opportunity to join our existing gardening team of a formal Hall gardens with about 22 acres of well-established gardens, on a large private estate in Norfolk


Qualifications Required : Entry onto the apprenticeship is subject to a thorough initial assessment to establish course suitability. Applicants should have at least 4 GCSEs including English and Maths at grades A-E or 9- 2. Evidence of qualifications will be required. Apprentices need to be employed for minimum of 30 hours a week in the industry with a contract of employment. You will be required to attend at one of our Campuses for a College interview and assessment.
Vacancy Full Description : The garden comprises of lawns, formal hedges, herbaceous and flower borders. A walled garden with scope for further development, two good sized greenhouses growing flowers, fruit & vegetables and potted plants for the Hall, plus a separate potting shed and a small orchard of apple and pear trees.
Due to recent building works a large part of the garden is being redesigned shortly.
The gardening department also aid with the Estates workload including mowing strimming and maintaining the vineyard
Number of Positions Available : 1
Working Week : 5 days per week 7.45 am start
Salary : £156.00 Per Week
Application Deadline Date : 31/08/2018
Possible Start Date : 10/09/2018
Personal Qualities : We are looking for a gardener who is enthusiastic, able to work on their own initiative, with a passion for gardening and strong focus on quality.
Skills Required : Be Punctual
Be reliable
Good communication skills
Attention to detail good quality of workmanship
Future Prospects : In time become part of the full time gardening team
Learn and experience a large spectrum of gardening disciplines
Aid with or design a part of the garden
Be responsible a an area of garden
Training to be Provided : Qualification: Level 2 Diploma in work based horticulture
Training for all job specific tasks will be given. In addition the apprentice will have the support and guidance of a qualified assessor from the college, who will make on-site visits every 6-8 weeks. There may be the occasional need to attend either the Otley or Easton campus for short training courses and tests.
Other Information : Pay Rates: The current NMW rate for Apprentices is £3.70 per hour (effective from 1st October 2018). This applies to 16-18 year old Apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other Apprentices the Apprentice National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The wage for Apprentices applies to both time spent on the job plus time spent in training. For more information visit:
Working Week: 5 days per week, 39 hours £4.00 per hour. 7.45 am start time with 45 min break.
Shortlisting and Interviews - Shortlisting and interviews will take place throughout the duration of the vacancy ad. This may mean that the vacancy could close before the published cut-off date should suitable candidates be found.
Things to consider : 90% of the work will be based outdoors all year round
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