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Horticulture Apprentice

Rasell's Nurseries
As a Horticulture Apprentice you will work to establish, cultivate, manage and retail plants. Your duties will be mainly on the growing and production of healthy plants and will involve working mainly outdoors.

Rasell's Nurseries - Employer

Rasell’s Nurseries is a small family business, which is a family business run in partnership by Tim Rasell and his Daughter Claire, growing and stocking a wide range of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants including more rare and unusual species. All of our friendly staff offer helpful advice to customers on how to care for the plants or what might be the right plant for their needs. Alongside the plants the nursery also stocks all the necessary products required for practical gardening. Customers are welcome to come and look around the beds and borders to see for the pride that Tim and his team take in producing quality plants, many of which are grown in the gardens around the nursery. No other retail garden nursery in the local area offers such an extensive collection of top quality, nursery grown, ornamental and fruiting plants.



18 months

This position is now closed and no additional applications are being taken. If you have any questions please contact the provider who is managing the position.

Job Summary

GBP 149.20
Little Bytham
Agriculture & Horticulture
Rasell's Nurseries

Detailed Job Description

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Planting of seedlings, propagation of cuttings including selection and cleaning of propagation material, weeding, watering, spraying (following training), pruning and potting of plants.
  • working in a happy atmosphere, sometimes individually
  • you will be expected to use your own initiative at times
  • meet, greet and advise Nursery visitors (following training)
  • working effectively as a team member and safely carry out tasks using various tools, treatment products and machinery
  • working safely under health and safety legislation

Requirements and Prospects

Qualifications required

Ideally GCSE grades A – E in English and Maths, or equivalent qualifications. We are looking for candidates who want to learn about plants and so this enthusiasm is more important to us than grades.

Skills required

  • A good attitude and be able to work effectively and safely
  • be physically fit and able
  • be reliable, flexible and able to work outside in hot, cold and wet conditions sometimes
  • have a good understanding and love of gardening
  • good attention to detail
  • be a team player in a practical working environment
  • to be able to work safely

Personal Qualities

  • To have good spoken English and understanding
  • Reading (English) and basic Maths skills required
  • Familiarity in working with computers
  • keen to keep fit with good health
  • not afraid to get dirty
  • a positive attitude to working outside
  • a willingness to learn with a passion for horticulture
  • a sense of humour
  • good time keeper

Future prospects

We are looking to for someone to grow and develop within the business and eventually become a skilled/professional field and Nursery worker. There may be a full-time permanent position within the business for the right candidate upon successful completion of the apprenticeship.

Additional Information

Training provided

Level 2 Diploma in work-based Horticulture

Level 1 Maths Functional Skills

Level 1 English Functional Skills

Employment Rights and Responsibilities

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

37.5 hours a week minimum, with weekend and extra week day work available/expected during busy periods. You will be required to attend a pre-interview and assessment at Peterborough Regional College.

Peterborough Regional College - Learning Provider

For more information about this vacancy please contact Peterborough Regional College on 01733 762121 or email: (Ref ID:76391)
Peterborough Regional College

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