Cemetery worker apprenticeships - where to start
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You could do a Level 2 apprenticeship for horticulture and landscape operatives. You'll usually need:
some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent.
You can apply directly for a job as a cemetery worker, if you've got some of the skills needed for this role. For example, you must be able to deal sensitively with bereaved people.
You don't need any particular qualifications, although employers may ask for GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English.
Experience in landscaping, gardening, construction or use of a mechanical mini digger can be useful.
Once you're working, your employer will arrange for you to follow the Cemetery Operatives Training Scheme.
Cemetery worker apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- the ability to operate and control equipment
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- to be flexible and open to change
- the ability to work well with others
- excellent verbal communication skills
- the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
- the ability to work well with your hands
- knowledge of public safety and security
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and Requirements
You may need a driving licence for some jobs if working with heavy plant machinery.
Cemetery worker apprenticeships - what you'll do
In this job, you'll:
- measure and mark out grave spaces
- dig and prepare graves with a mechanical excavator or hand tools
- maintain lawns, verges and plants around the cemetery
- keep pathways clear, empty bins and remove litter
- check headstones for damage and remove those that are unsafe
- keep work records up to date
You could work at a cemetery.
Your working environment may be physically demanding and outdoors in all weathers.
Career path and progression - Cemetery worker apprenticeships
With experience, you could become a team supervisor. You could also train to work in cemetery, crematorium and natural burial management.
You could use your skills to move into other careers like landscaping, gardening or horticulture.