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Job Title : Apprentice Gardener
Employer : Culford School
Location : Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 6TX
Position Type : Apprenticeship
Sector : Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care
Vacancy Reference : VAC-01533
Vacancy Short Description : Culford school seeks to employ a young and motivated individual who wishes to learn about horticulture in a professional environment within a large private school & estate.


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-C or 9- 4. Apprentices need to be employed for minimum of 30 hours a week in the industry with a contract of employment.
Proof of qualifications will be required before you can be accepted onto the apprenticeship.
PLEASE NOTE: Those without the stated entry requirements or awaiting GCSE/GCSE retake grades, may be offered an appointment to come into college (Easton or Otley campus) and sit an online assessment to confirm program suitability.
Vacancy Full Description : Reporting to the Head of Grounds and Gardens and working & learning from the gardener the successful candidate will undertake the following duties;
• Propagation of plants from seed, plugs & cuttings
• Glass house work
• All aspects of lawn maintainance
• Tree pruning
• Topiary
• Hedge cutting
• Border maintainance
• Planting up
• fence building
• tractor based based operations & use of other machinery
• Pond and lake management
• Refuse collection around the site
• Construction of patios and other hard landscaping tasks
• Shrub pruning
Number of Positions Available : 1
Working Week : 37.5 hrs 7.5 per day
Salary : £163.46 Per Week
Application Deadline Date : 25/02/2019
Possible Start Date : 11/03/2019
Personal Qualities : • Hard working
• Keen eye for detail
• Keen learner
• Must be able to work under pressure
• Fit
• Self-motivating
• Must be able to accept criticism
• Good written & spoken communication skills
• Honest
• Trust worthy
Skills Required : An interest in gardening is essential and the ability to learn
Future Prospects : Future employment may be available to the right candidate depending on how they progress through their apprenticeship
Training to be Provided : Intermediate Horticulture - Parks, Gardens & Green Spaces Level 2 including Functional Skills in Maths and English if required
Other Information : Pay Rates: The current NMW rate for Apprentices is £3.70 per hour with effect from 1st April 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:
Apprentices need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in the industry with a contract of employment
Working Week:
• 37.5 hours per week
• 7.5 per day
• One 30 min paid break
• Free lunches
• 28 days annual leave + bank holidays
• Some weekend working will be required through the summer months on a rota basis where you will be accompanied

Shortlisting/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 : You must be able to work in all weathers outside and be able to take on large amounts of information and retain it. Gardening on a large estate is not for the faint hearted
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