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Job Title : Horticultural Apprentice
Employer : Howard Nurseries Ltd
Location : Diss, Suffolk, IP22 1QL
Position Type : Apprenticeship
Sector : Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care
Vacancy Reference : VAC-01643
Vacancy Short Description : A fantastic opportunity to begin a career in Production Horticulture with a well-established and hugely prestigious local plant nursery.


Qualifications Required : Entry onto the apprenticeship is subject to a thorough initial assessment to establish course suitability. Ideally applicants should have at least 4 GCSEs including English and Maths at grades 9- 4 for an Advanced Apprenticeship and 9-3 for an Intermediate. 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 (Ipswich or Suffolk Rural (Otley) campus) and sit an online assessment to confirm program suitability.
Vacancy Full Description : Departments:
- Propagation;
- Splitting/preparation;
- Field;
- Containers;
- Dispatch.

Subjects covered:
Industry understanding;
Health and safety;
Plant growth and development;
Tools, equipment and machinery;
Vegetation control;
Plant identification;
Soil science;
Plant health.
Number of Positions Available : 1
Working Week : 8am-4.30pm 39 hours
Salary : £169.65 Per Week
Application Deadline Date : 08/05/2020
Possible Start Date : 18/05/2020
Personal Qualities : You should have a passion for horticultural work, this might be as simple as being involved in either gardening or allotments.
You will appreciate the physical nature of the role as well as wishing for a career that is predominantly outdoor work.
A desire for a career in Production Horticulture learning from a team of experienced staff that can help you reach your goals
Skills Required : Communication and listening skills are essential as well as a good level of common sense and problem solving skills.
Future Prospects : For the right candidate who proves to be hard working, reliable and a good timekeeper with the dedication to successfully complete their apprenticeship the long term prospects of a full time position with further training and development are excellent.
Training to be Provided : Qualification: Work Based delivery with possible master classes at Otley campus
College Attendance:
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 Ipswich or Rural Suffolk (Otley) campus for short training courses and tests.
Other Information : Pay Rates: For all 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: Monday-Friday,39 hours in total.
Things to consider : Please bear in mind the physical nature of this role.
You will be working outdoors so at times you will be hot, cold and/or wet.
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