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Gardening Apprentice

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Harlington Road Depot - UB8 3EU
Residents Services
Position Type
Fixed Term
Contract hours
Full time
Salary (£)
Closing date for applications
6 May 2018


About Hillingdon

Hillingdon Council: Putting our residents first.

About the Apprenticeship

Step on the Career Ladder

We are seeking three enthusiastic applicants for our Horticultural Apprenticeship Programme. 

This is a fixed term contract opportunity for up to 24 month.

As an a apprentice you will join Hillingdon Council's Green Spaces team, a team of dedicated award winners. You will be working as part of this team to ensure an excellent service is delivered to our residents and other customers.

At Hillingdon Council, we recognise that there are many paths to a career in the public sector and we are eager to support you to develop your skills and guide you through to the next level.

Become an Apprentice - Get In, Go Far!

Our programme invites you to bring your unique skills and experience to our organisation, and promises to challenge you. No two days at Hillingdon are the same, and you will complete your apprenticeship and gain the experience and qualifications sought by future employers to push your CV to the top of the pile.

As an apprentice we offer both practical and classroom based learning in a wide variety of horticultural tasks including, grass cutting, sports maintenance, bedding displays, shrub and hedge maintenance.

If you are looking for an exciting career with lots of variety, then this is an ideal path for you to take!

We welcome people of all ages to take advantage of our apprenticeship programme. Whether you are at the beginning of your professional career or re-entering the workforce, we want to hear from you!

Our three successful candidates will earn £9,402 annual salary (equivalent to £180 per week) - and also receive a generous holiday allowance! (Please note that pay intervals are monthly).

About the person

We are looking for individuals who are interested in starting a career in Horticulture and also anyone who maybe looking to change careers or looking to get back to work.

You will have a pro-active approach to work, be conscientious, flexible, customer focused and enjoy working as part of a team.

If you have grade A*-C in Maths and English GCSEs or equivalent you will be able achieve a City and Guilds Level 2. 

You will be required to attend college as part of your learning and development to obtain a City and Guilds Level 2 qualification in Horticulture.

To be considered, an equivalent or higher level qualification in the same professional area (City & Guilds in Horticulture) cannot be held.  

If you have a keen interest in gardening and Horticulture and are looking to broaden your Horticultural experience, we would be delighted to hear from you!

Additional information

As well as on the job learning and study we offer a range of additional company benefits which may vary according to the business area and role but may include:

  • local government average salary pension scheme
  • generous holiday entitlement: a minimum 23 days a year (plus bank holidays)
  • flexible working hours
  • season ticket loan
  • childcare vouchers in school summer holidays
  • access to a Credit Union
  • access to a wide range of training and courses
  • discount on a variety of Adult Education courses run by the Council
  • payment of professional fees where these are required
  • discounts at council-owned leisure centres and swimming pools at Hillingdon (Uxbridge), Queensmead (South Ruislip), Highgrove (Ruislip) and Botwell Green (Hayes)
  • cycle purchase scheme
  • car sharing scheme
  • 30% discount on green fees at council-owned golf courses

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Additional information (cont)

Please contact the Horticultural Operations Manager if you would like further information regarding this role -

The Assessement Centre will take place week commencing 30 April 2018, however this may be subject to change depending on business need.