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Job Title : Horticulture Apprentice
Employer : Dove Tree Gardens
Location : Stowmarket, IP14 6RE
Position Type : Apprenticeship
Sector : Horticulture
Vacancy Reference : VAC-01698
Vacancy Short Description : A fantastic opportunity to begin a career in horticulture with a local company based in the beautiful Suffolk village of Debenham


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 : 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.
Number of Positions Available : 1
Working Week : 30 hours Mon-Fri
Salary : £ 145.50 (Weekly)
Application Deadline Date : 31/03/2021
Possible Start Date : 26/04/2021
Personal Qualities : You should bear in mind the physical nature of this role.
Ideally you can drive or at least be preparing to pass your test.
Skills Required : Ideally the successful candidate will have a passion for outdoor work with the desire to learn the horticultural trade.
You will appreciate the importance of good time keeping along with the flexibility on hours to meet business requirements
Future Prospects : Prospects of a full time role with further training and development are excellent for someone who proves to be dedicated and hardworking.
Training to be Provided : Horticulture/Landscape Operative Standard, Emergency First Aid at Work, Safe use of Pesticides, Functional Skills Maths and English
Other Information : You will be expected to work in all weather conditions in all seasons. You should also be aware of the physical nature of this role.
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