Horticultural Apprentice

Annual wage: £17,000.00

Working week: Monday to Friday 7.30am to 4.30pm

Total hours per week: 40

Expected duration: 15 Months

Apprenticeship level: Intermediate Level 2 (GCSE)

This role requires a talented apprentice gardener, who’s ready to develop their career working for a prestigious company. You’ll be caring for exceptionally beautiful estates, manor houses and residential gardens in Oxfordshire, providing nurturing horticulture and garden development to our portfolio of town and country gardens.

So, if you’re buzzing with energy and the drive to get things done, have an eye for detail, strive for excellence and efficiency in horticulture and garden care, love working in the serenity of nature, but have career goals, then you’re just who we’re looking for.


Reporting to the Head Gardener, you’ll have the opportunity to demonstrate your passion for horticulture and plants. You’ll be part of a small team, helping to provide excellent customer service and brilliant horticultural care. You should be someone who enjoys the outdoor life, nurturing the gardens and who gets a great sense of achievement from presenting the gardens to the highest standards.

As an apprentice gardener with us, you’ll play a key role in all the gardens you help care for, developing excellent working relationships with clients, in order that their requirements are met and the gardens developed to the client’s satisfaction.

●      Providing excellent horticultural and garden maintenance care to a variety of garden styles across our portfolio.

●      Assist with soft landscaping projects, such as planting schemes, helping to deliver them on time and with attention to detail.

●      Providing daily activity reports, detailing work completed and development advice provided in each garden visited.

●      Suggesting to your clients’ additional work and services available, as well as plans for the garden over forthcoming months.


●      Sharing your knowledge with other team members and supporting others in the team, utilising your areas of strength and expertise.

●      Contributing to team meetings with updates on your portfolio of gardens.

●      Liaising with the HQ team to ensure you have any specific items required for work within your portfolio in good time and ahead of visits.

●      Ensuring that any company vehicle used is kept well-feeling, clean, tidy, organised and presentable to the highest standards.

●      Ensuring all tools and equipment are kept in good condition and reporting any issues to the Senior Gardener.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Qualifications included:

• Level 1 Functional Skills in English and Maths
• Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid
• Level 2 Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides
• Level 2 Award In The Safe Application of Pesticides Using Pedestrian Hand-Held Equipment
• Level 2 Horticulture Operative Apprenticeship

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Progression to gardener following completion of an apprenticeship



Desired skills and personal qualities
Communication skills, attention to detail, customer care skills, problem-solving skills, team work, initiative, non judgemental, physical fitness
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade A*-C 9/4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade A*-C 9/4) Desired

Things to consider:

Our office is based at Kirtlington Business Centre where we would meet each morning prior to going out to our clients’ gardens around Oxfordshire.
Skills Required:
  • Providing information to the senior team and contributing to appraisals of the garden and advice to clients
  • Motivation & pride in maintaining a consistently high standard of work
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Strong teamwork skills
  • Fit, strong, and healthy, capable of lifting equipment/plants to health and safety standards
  • Excellent time management with strong attention to detail and high standards
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a positive flexible attitude


Apprentice Gardener – Find an apprenticeship (findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk)

Reference number: VAC1000148663