Horticulture & Landscape Operative Level 2 Apprenticeship

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Horticulture & Landscape Operative Level 2 Apprenticeship

Opportunity description

Wellingborough School:

Great opportunity to join the team at this prestigious school, Wellingborough School with its distinguished history and strong roots in the local community, is surrounded by forty acres of superb playing fields, with strong roots embedded within the local community.

Summary of the role:

Preparation and Maintenance of the gardens and hard surfaces and also help when suitable on the sports facilities and with general Estate duties to the required standard for the benefit of pupils and visitors.  Duties as directed by the Estates Manager & Gardens Supervisor and also to ensure that all work is completed to the required standard within the allocated timescales. In addition and within your competence to undertake, in the following areas of work:




Hedge Cutting



Planting and maintaining beds

Equipment maintenance

Leaf clearing

Litter picking

Keeping the pavements and other hard surfaces clean



Snow clearing and salt spreading

Work pertaining to school events, such as; open day and the summer ball, and a reasonable amount of overtime as directed by the Estates Manager at peak working times.

Small amounts of caretaking and maintenance duties

Preparing halls etc. for particular functions such as assemblies, concerts, plays and other functions involving movement of furniture and equipment.

Ensure all equipment is correctly stored, maintained and serviced.

Follow risk assessments, make recommendations and be able to respond to emergencies.

Prepared to train and to continuously develop your technical skills and user relations.

To report damage and defects to the buildings and infrastructure of the School so that appropriate repair and renovation can be undertaken

To report instances of security breaches (e.g. unlocked doors and open windows after school has closed or reporting of suspicious persons on the school premises) so that remedial action can be promptly taken.

Any other duties that the Gardens Supervisor may reasonably ask of you which are within your capabilities to fulfil.


As this is an apprenticeship, as well as the duties listed above, you are expected to be committed to completing the necessary work as instructed by the learning provider in order to complete the apprenticeship. You will be given an allowance of time, each week, to enable this to be done effectively. There is no requirement to attend a college campus offsite as the learning provider will visit you and the line manager regularly onsite.


At times of peak work flow, it may be necessary to work beyond your normal hours in order to meet deadlines.  Where this is necessary, then time off in lieu will be available to compensate and the timings of this should be agreed with the Estates Manager in advance.

The duties of the post could vary from time to time as a result of new legislation, changes in technology or policy changes in which case appropriate training may be given to enable the post holder to undertake this new/varied work.

This job description is current at the date shown in consultation with you.  It is liable to variation by management to reflect or anticipate changes required in order to meet with the evolving/devolving needs and demands of the role itself.


The post holder’s responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons for whom s/he is responsible, or with whom s/he comes into contact will be to adhere to and ensure compliance with the School’s Child Protection Policy Statement at all times.  If in the course of carrying out the duties of the post, the post holder becomes aware of any actual or potential risk to the safety or welfare of children in the School s/he must report any concerns to the School’s Designated Person or to the Headmaster.


Online Knowledge test Health and Safety (Core K/B) Biosecurity (Core K) Plant growth and development (Core K) Plant identification (Core K) Business (Core K) Soil science (Core K) Tools, equipment and machinery (Core K) Plant health (Core K) Industry understanding (Core K) Environmental (Core K) Vegetation Control (Core K)


Practical skills assessment Health and safety (Core K/S/B) Communication (Core K/S) Customer care (Core K/S/B) Attitude (Core B) Decision making (Core B) Planting, plan

Growth and development (Core K/S) Plant Identification (Core K) Soil cultivation (Core K/S) Tools, equipment and machinery (Core K/S)

Just apply now and make sure your CV is attached and that you include a brief cover letter that explains why you’re interested in this role and why you are the best person for the job!


Please note that YMCA Training is acting as a recruitment partner in this process and you are not required to contact the business directly. If you have any questions about this or any other apprenticeships advertised here please email: apprenticeships@ymca.co.uk