Historic Garden, Apprentice Gardener

  • Company: Royal Pavilion Garden
  • Closing Date: 16-12-2019
  • Location: Brighton
  • Salary: £11,865
  • Contact Email: annie.bradford@plumpton.ac.uk


Would you like a chance to take up this excellent opportunity to gain a qualification packed with knowledge and practical experience, working under experienced gardeners in a world famous historic garden.

The Royal Pavilion Garden is one of a few fully restored regency gardens in the country. The garden was restored following John Nash’s 1820s plans and conform as closely as possible to the original lists of plants supplied to George IV.

Brighton & Hove City Council’s Royal Pavilion & Museums have an exciting opportunity for a Level 2 Horticulture and Landscape Operative apprentice within an historic gardens setting. The Department is responsible for maintaining and developing the Royal Pavilion & Brighton Museum Gardens

The Horticulture and Landscape Operative Level 2 standard is run by Plumpton College who is responsible for supporting you with your learning and carrying out assessments. The course has core modules to complete and a number of units. Your work experience will be linked to the modules and units in your course. You will receive additional support from a nominated mentor, throughout the duration of the Apprenticeship.


About the role

Apprentices will gain knowledge in the general management of the Royal Pavilion Garden and carrying out routine horticultural operations, e.g. mowing, strimming, hedge trimming, planting, and pruning, rotovating, site preparation, turfing, seeding, weeding.  You will learn about the  most common horticultural pests and diseases, and how to treat them as well as operating machinery and health and safety aspects of the role.  Although the role is primarily to maintain the gardens there are aspects of public engagement and customer service as well as the opportunity to carry out presentations and tours along with more general duties.

Apprentices without evidence of level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to completing training and you may be required to take an English and Maths assessment prior to a formal offer being made.

For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualification are an alternative to English qualifications for whom this is their primary language.   

 Flexible working is supported where possible, local government salary-related pension offered, a child care voucher scheme as well the benefits of gaining staff discounts around the City and through many of the UK’s largest retailers and accessing other services. As an Apprentice you are also eligible to gain an apprentice NUS card and can take advantage of the Catch the bus4work scheme.

Interviews: 6th January 2020

Please note, your application will be shared with the training provider.

The duration of the apprenticeship will be up to 24 months depending on experience.

For an informal discussion, please contact

Helen Graham helen.graham@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Nicholas Kay nick.kay@brighton-hove.gov.uk

If you have never worked or been unemployed for a while, an apprenticeship can often be a great way of gaining valuable work experience whilst studying for a qualification. It can enhance your CV and be a good way of making professional contacts that could help your future chosen career.

TO APPLY - as part of your application, you will need to answer some branching questions. To help you, some guidance has been attached to the advert below. 

Additional information

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.

Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Border Agency's Points-based Immigration System.

From 6 April 2011 the Home Office has placed a permanent restriction on the number of migrant workers that all Tier 2 (General) Sponsors can recruit. Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.

In order to apply for an apprenticeship at Brighton & Hove City Council, you must have been ordinarily resident in the EEA for at least the previous three years on the first day of the apprenticeship or have some other residency eligibility status – See Annex A – apprenticeship Funding Rules. If you are resident through a visa, leave to remain or other means please confirm type and that any expiry date covers the duration of the apprenticeship once it is due to start.Those on a student visa may not be eligible. For further information regarding apprenticeship eligibility please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apprenticeship-funding-rules-for-employers/annex-a-eligibility-criteria-who-we-fund

Company information

We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, LGB, female or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce. 

As part of Brighton & Hove City Council's ongoing commitment to redeployment, please note that this vacancy may be withdrawn at any stage of the recruitment process, without prior notice if a suitable redeployee (internal employee at risk of redundancy) is identified. 



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