Gardening Apprentice

  • Company: National Trust
  • Location: Maidenhead Buckinghamshire SL6 0JA
  • Salary: £146.25 per week
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Cliveden is a very exciting place to work.  It has a very diverse and rich history both through family associations and horticulture. The Duke of Buckingham chose a glorious site on the high wooded slopes above the River Thames to build a great house for his mistress in the late 1660’s.  Cliveden, commanding wide views over the river and beyond, has since been the home of the wealthy and titled, attracted by its favoured position. 

Whilst working in the 90+ acre gardens here at Cliveden, an apprentice gardener would gain experience of a wide range of tasks including:
• An annual maintenance programme for large mixed herbaceous borders
• Be involved with the biannual replanting of mass bedding schemes on the Grade 1 listed
Parterre and Long Garden as well as the newly re-instated carpet bedding in the Duke’s Garden
• Seasonal pruning and training of a range of trees, shrubs and climbers, roses throughout the garden (including fruit tree pruning in the Walled Garden)
• Seed and vegetative propagation of a range of plants
• Maintenance of formal lawns including lawn renovations- use of cylinder and rotary mowers
• Machinery & tool maintenance
• Lining out and cutting of hedges comprising formal and semiformal elements.

The trainee will work as part of a large team with a strong work ethic, professional conduct and good health and safety culture. This public facing role will not only develop horticultural skills, but will equip a new trainee with the communication skills, motivation and confidence to continue to develop as a gardener within the NT or further afield.

Apprenticeship schemes are a great opportunity to combine learning, training, and real work experience. 

You will be based within one site or team within a National Trust property.  Working in a supported learning environment, you will undertake basic tasks in your department relating to your choice of apprenticeship.

As a Gardening Apprentice you will be involved with basic, routine duties such as mowing, soil cultivation, weed control, pruning and planting. 

You may also assist in the delivery of events and other activities.

You will actively participate in your own development plan which will be agreed with your line manager and the training provider.

You will undertake training and constructively take part in meetings, supervision, seminars and other events designed to improve communication and assist with your effective development.

You may also assist in the delivery of events and other activities, working alongside our large teams of volunteers.

In addition to the training and support you receive from the property, you will be expected to study for agreed qualifications with an approved training provider.  In order to gain your qualification, you will undertake regular workplace assessments with the college representative / training provider associated with your apprenticeship and will complete an end of placement assessment.

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