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Parks & Gardens Apprentice

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Job Summary

Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Working Pattern:
Full time
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Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 17/01/2021 23:59
Apprentice, salary age dependent, £8,778 - £16,823 Annually
Hours per week:
37 hours per week
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Closing date:
17 Jan

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This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Preston Park Museum & Grounds (PPMG) is part of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, a successful and award winning Council who employ over 3,000 employees in a vast range or job roles across many different services in the Borough of Stockton-on-Tees.

We have an exciting opportunity for a motivated, enthusiastic person to join us on an apprenticeship programme. If you have a genuine interest in countryside management and horticulture and you're looking for the opportunity to establish the roots of your future career and make a real difference to your local environment, come and work with us as a Parks & Gardens Apprentice.

As Parks & Gardens Apprentice you will gain valuable and varied experience assisting with the delivery of the PPMG’s park and garden management work programmes. Working within the Park and Garden Team, gain valuable experience in planning and maintaining PPMG’s Walled Kitchen Garden, the basic principles of countryside and horticultural ecology, plant growth and development, surveying and ID skills, the control of invasive species, soft and hard landscaping activities, and the use of tools including power tools.

Duties will include tree planting, fencing, scrub clearance, control of invasive species, litter picking, path restoration, weeding, seed sowing, pruning and maintenance of the heritage orchard.

This apprenticeship will give you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge, understanding and skills of the countryside management and horticulture industry and embed these new skills back in the workplace. During your training, in addition to your qualification, you will also work towards gaining certificates of competence including strimming and pesticide spraying, as well as Emergency First Aid at Work. The postholder will be required to work flexibly, including evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays.

Essential Requirements:
All candidates are required to meet the essential requirements set out in the Person Specification. Please address in your application how you meet the following.
• Functional skills English & Maths Level 2 / GCSE Grade C (Level 4) or above
• A genuine interest in countryside management and horticulture

Apprenticeship Qualification:
You will be given appropriate paid time to undertake college work and work towards the completion of your Apprenticeship qualification:
Horticulture or Landscape Operative Level 2 https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/horticulture-or-landscape-operative-v1-0

An online application form and further information is available from www.stockton.gov.uk/jobs.

Please ensure you refer to the Job Description and the essential and desirable criteria in the Person Specification when completing the Personal Statement on the application form, as this information is used to select candidates for interview.

If you would like an informal discussion about the post, please contact Beka Lee, Parks & Gardens Co-ordinator, on 01642 527085 or beka.lee@stockton.gov.uk

The application form is available in alternative formats from Xentrall Recruitment Services, tel: 01642 526992 or email recruitment@xentrall.org.uk

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council ensures that all customers, both internal and external receive a consistently high quality level of service.

Apprenticeship Rates of Pay: Age Annual Salary
Under 18 £8,778
18 to 20 £12,443
21 to 24 £15,820
25 and over £16,823

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