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Job Title : Apprentice Groundsman (Sports turf)
Employer : Vertas Ltd
Location : Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP1 5PB
Position Type : Apprenticeship
Sector : Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care
Vacancy Reference : VAC-01604
Vacancy Short Description : A fantastic opportunity to begin a career as an apprentice Horticultural Grounds person with one of the largest facilities management companies in the UK


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 : Your duties will include but not be limited to the following tasks

• Monitoring and maintaining health and safety
• Maintain and develop personal performance
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
• Preparing ground for seeding and planting
• Establishing plants or seeds in soil
• Maintain the health of sports turf
• Maintain the condition of sports turf surfaces
• Renovate and repair sports turf surfaces
• Use and maintain non-powered and hand held powered tools and equipment
• Use and maintain pedestrian controlled powered equipment
Number of Positions Available : 1
Working Week : 37 hour working week Mon-Fri 8am-4pm
Salary : £185.00 Per Week
Application Deadline Date : 18/03/2020
Possible Start Date : 13/04/2020
Personal Qualities : You should be prepared to work hard in a pressured environment. You must have good communication skills.
Ideally you will have some experience of a horticulture/landscaping/sports turf environment;. You should understand the importance of making the right impression at an interview. You will need to work well within a team environment.
Skills Required : The successful candidate must demonstrate a passion for outdoor horticultural sports surface operations in general. The successful candidate will understand the opportunity that this apprenticeship has for the development of a long term career as a specialist amenity horticulture apprentice within one of the largest facilities management companies in the UK.

Future Prospects : Excellent prospects of a full time role with further development and training for the successful candidate that proves to be reliable hardworking and flexible.
Training to be Provided : Intermediate Horticulture - Sports turf, grounds person including Functional Skills in Maths and English if required
Other Information : Pay Rates: The current NMW rate for Apprentices is £3.90 per hour with effect from 1st April 2019. 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 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

Shortlisting/Interviews - Shortlisting and interviews will take place throughout the duration of the vacancy advert. This may mean that the vacancy could close before the published cut-off date should suitable candidates be found.
Things to consider : This opportunity is predominantly for outdoor work so you can expect at times to be either hot cold or wet

You will be on your feet for most of the day.

Consideration should be given to the physical nature of the role
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