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Job Title : Horticultural Apprentice
Employer : Retreat East Ltd
Location : Ipswich, Suffolk, IP6 9QE
Position Type : Apprenticeship
Sector : Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care
Vacancy Reference : VAC-01614
Vacancy Short Description : A fantastic opportunity to begin a career in Horticulture in the beautiful grounds of a Suffolk based private members country club


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 9- 4 (A-C). 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.
Vacancy Full Description : Your job role will be to help maintain the grounds and gardens of Retreat East.
Your duties will include tasks linked to the Apprenticeship Standard as described below.
Core knowledge - have an understanding of:
Industry understanding; the importance and benefits of green-space and the types of horticultural skills appropriate to different businesses and cultural sites.
Business; business policies, vision and values. Workers’ contribution to earning profit and awareness of commercial pressure. Understanding of how project management informs a team to achieve objectives.
Communication; the importance of clear communication. Knowledge of different forms of communication aids and their use. The value of effective and timely communication in customer care.
Health and safety; health and safety regulation, legislation, policy and procedure and the responsibility of workers. Knowledge of hazards and working to strict health, safety, quality and environmental (HSQE) processes particularly appropriate to horticultural sites.
Environmental; waste and waste reduction/recycling and environmental best practice. Prevention and control of local pollution incidents.
Plant growth and development; plant nutrition and plant requirements. The principles of germination, photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration (the science of plant growth). How to care for plants correctly in different environments. The relationship between environmental conditions and plant growth.
Tools, equipment and machinery; correct tools, equipment and machinery required for the job and the importance of maintenance / regular checks of these items to ensure they remain in good working order. Legal requirement of training by a competent person and familiarity with operator training and certification requirements.
Vegetation control; how to control vegetation and methods of site clearance and removal of vegetation
Biosecurity; biosecurity and phytosanitary measures for pests and diseases and how these apply to work sites. Awareness of invasive alien species that may impact work methods.
Plant identification; plant identification by scientific names including genus, species and cultivar. Know why and how plants are identified.
Soil science; why, when and how to cultivate soils for differing purposes. Different growing media and mulches. How to modify soils for plant growth and understand the reasons for cultivation and drainage.
Plant health; basic pest & disease identification/symptoms and control methods.
Core skills - able to:
Communication; communicate with others, including clients, the public and colleagues, this may require basic IT systems use.
Team working; work alone and as part of a team effectively and recognise how all staff are dependent on each other to meet business objectives.
Health and safety; apply relevant health and safety processes and procedures. Implement specific industry information on hazards relevant to horticultural environments. Follow safe systems of work and safety information provided by employer. Implement environmental protection policies and procedures.
Environmental; prevent and control local pollution incidents e.g. use of spill kits.
Planting, plant growth and development; care for plants correctly in different environments, including basic irrigation methods, planting methods and identifying plant deficiencies. Install various soft-landscape materials e.g. shrubs, trees, herbaceous, bedding, grass areas and seed. This will include site preparation, planting, sowing, turfing, preparation of seed beds and mulching.
Soil cultivation; cultivate and improve soils by mechanical methods and by hand, making and amelioration of growing media and soils.
Tools, equipment and machinery; safely use tools e.g. spades, rakes, shovels; equipment e.g. tape measure and spirit level and machinery e.g. pedestrian controlled mowers, hand held strimmer, hedgecutter.
Vegetation control; follow processes and methods of site clearance, using tools and machinery for pruning and vegetation control, including basic turf management. Follow weed control methods.
Maintain hard structures; maintain structures relevant to the business activities.
Site presentation; work to a specified finish.

Number of Positions Available : 1
Working Week : 40 hours per week 9am-5pm
Salary : £200.00 Per Week
Application Deadline Date : 11/03/2020
Possible Start Date : 13/04/2020
Personal Qualities : You will have a passion for a career in horticulture, to work outdoors.
You will have a good work ethic towards your studies to make sure you complete and pass your apprenticeship.
You will be excited to take the opportunity to stay and learn through the block release element of your studies at the Easton Campus. Accommodation costs for your block release stay at College will be covered by Retreat East in addition to your salary.
Skills Required : You will be a good time keeper.
You will understand the importance of good communication skills, guests at times may talk with grounds staff therefore a polite and informative communication style will be important. You will be flexible on hours to suit business needs.
Future Prospects : The prospects of a full time position with further development are excellent for the right candidate who proves to be reliable, hardworking and flexible on hours, as well as have the dedication to undertake and pass the new Horticultural Operative Apprenticeship Standard.
Training to be Provided : Landscape Operative Standard Level 2 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
Working Week:
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 : Please bear in mind the physical nature of this role.

You will be on your feet most of the day.

This is predominantly outdoor work and at times you will be working in hot, cold and wet weather.
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