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Horticulture/Landscape Operative Apprentice

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full Time, Limited Term
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 03/10/2018 23:59
£4.20-£7.83 per hour depending on age (NMW)
Hours per week:
Job Category:
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Employment Location:
Broad Lane Office, Engine Common Lane, Yate, Bristol, BS37 7PN
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Job details 

Closing date:
3 Oct

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

The Design and Operations StreetCare unit has 2 apprenticeship vacancies to assist with work within a specified front line team, delivering Grounds Maintenance services across South Gloucestershire.

The apprentices will support our teams in maintenance of existing amenity landscapes and construction of new landscape. You will assist in routine operations to ensure the effective delivery of services to both the public and partner organisations.

You will typically work across amenity landscapes, commercial premises, public building and civil construction sites, working under the direct supervision of skilled operatives and managed by the team supervisor.

The works are physical but varied and include all aspects of Amenity horticultural maintenance such as hedge cutting, grass cutting (with a variety of mowers), removing litter from open space areas, sports pitch marking, cemetery operations and maintenance of shrub and hedges.

The council also undertakes landscape projects in parks, highways, developments and cooperate areas that will include hard surfaces, soil cultivation, tool and equipment selection, plant selection, planting and plant development.

In return you will receive full training to achieve a level 2 apprenticeship in Horticulture and landscapes normally achieved over an 18-24 month period at Lackham College, Lacock, Wiltshire, SN15 2NY. This will be on a day release basis of every Monday in term time. You will also be provided support to achieve any agreed practical outcomes and knowledge tests needed to complete.

Please note that you will be expected to undertake a basic skills assessment as part of the selection process.

Main Duties

Assist in undertaking grass cutting duties using hand and ride on mowers, strimmers and other equipment, ensuring verges, open spaces and sites are left clean, tidy and maintained according to any specification in place for the particular task.

Assist in carrying out general garden duties and horticultural operations, assisting in minor and major landscaping works such as the selection and planting of shrubs and trees in accordance with design drawings. Installation of hard landscape features etc.

Assist with the maintenance of conservation and sites of special and historic interest.

Assist with other general maintenance work including cleaning hard surfaces, trimming and reducing hedges, cutting quality and amenity grass, maintaining beds and borders and assisting in the control of weed growth by the application of herbicides.

Assist with routine winter maintenance operations including heavy cut backs in public parks, open spaces, roadside verges and woodland areas using a variety of powered hand tools and mobile plant.

Assist in setting out and marking sports areas undertaking groundsman duties required in the maintenance of sports pitches.

Assist in general grounds maintenance and horticultural operations within a cemetery environment, including interment duties and grave digging by hand.

Once competent you will be required to use on a daily basis powered hand tools such as brush cutters, powered pruners, long reach pruners, pedestrian mowers etc. This will include carrying out routine checks and basic maintenance to the tools and equipment, such as regularly cleaning of tools, checking oils and lubrication etc and reporting any shortages or defects to their supervising officer.

Remain committed to achieving core skills through actively participating in college and achieving assessment standards.

South Gloucestershire Council provides essential front line services for the community and you will be required to work accurately and as efficiently as possible ensuring that works are to a high standard.

Selection Criteria

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.


•Must hold a minimum of 2 GCSE A*-C (or Grade 4-9) or equivalent qualification in English and Maths or be willing to work towards gaining a Level 2 in English and Maths.

•An understanding of the core role i.e. what is required

•You will have a flexible approach to work and be able to demonstrate a positive attitude and commitment.

•You will need to be physically fit and able to work outdoors in inclement weather throughout the year. (As described in Personal Attributes)

•You will have the ability to read and follow written works instructions and complete records accurately.


•A category B driving licence for manual transmission vehicles

Additional Information

Personal Attributes and Working Environment

•The post holder will be working in an outdoor environment in all weathers

•The post requires extensive manual handling that might typically be associated with amenity landscape maintence including lifting and moving awkward bulky loads such as cuttings and tree sections across uneven surfaces found in open spaces environments as an individual or team lifts.

•Postholder’s will be required to with work within cemeteries, live carriageways, public open space, footpaths and areas of uneven ground.

•The job involves periods of standing and/or walking across uneven areas and embankments with frequent use of powered hand tools involving bending, twisting and lifting associated with their use.

•Loading and un-loading of bulky items such as mowers etc as an individual or as a team lift.

•Working with or near to mobile plant, powered hand tools, ride-on mowers, agricultural tractors trucks and commercial vehicles.

•Contact with petrol, diesel oils, lubricating oils, herbicides and pesticides, vehicle fumes, plant materials and other substances that might reasonable be found in the horticultural industry.

Behavioural Competencies

•Ability to remain calm when dealing with members of the public behaving in a courteous and helpful manner.

•Be able to demonstrate a flexible approach to work.

•Able to work as part of a team to achieve set targets.

For an informal discussion about this vacancy please contact Gary Meddick (01454 863696)

Salary: NMW

Age Hourly rate Annual salary
Aged 25+ £7.83 £15,106
Aged 21-24 £7.38 £14,238
Aged 18-20 £5.90 £11,383
Under 18 £4.20 £8,103

You need to ensure you are able to get to place of work, Broad Lane Office, Engine Common Lane, Yate and training provider location in Lacock. The Council can provide you with a pool car for travel to and from the college or will reimburse your travel costs should you not have a full driving licence.

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