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Apprentice Gardener (The Children’s Trust)

Location:

Tadworth, KT20 5RU

Course level:

Intermediate

Course Duration:

24 months

Reference Number:

VAC001773988

Weekly Wage:

Annual Salary: £18,175.00

Positions:

1

About this opportunity:

The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children with acquired brain injury, providing expert rehabilitation, education, therapy and care at our national specialist centre in Tadworth and to children and their families across the UK, via our Brain Injury Community Service. Boasting a beautiful 24-acre site in Surrey, we are located just outside of London, close to the M25 (accessible via Junction 8, A217 to Tadworth) and easily accessible via National Rail, by way of: Clapham Junction, Sutton and Epsom.

Duties will include: 

  • Support the head gardener and team in ensuring gardens and surroundings are maintained to a high standard consistent with the Horticulture Policy Manual
  • Maintenance of historic garden elements, including topiary and parterres
  • Undertake general grass cutting, hedge cutting, irrigation, edge-strimming, pruning, annual seasonal bedding, weeding and clearance/maintenance of drains and grounds under the supervision of the head gardener or gardener
  • Undertake basic repair, maintenance and installation of fencing, barriers, gates, bollards, seats and signs
  • Maintenance and upkeep of all hard and soft landscaped areas
  • Restoring external areas following events
  • Sweeping and clearing roads and paths
  • Clearance of snow and gritting of roads and paths
  • Raking of leaves from grass/lawn
  • Supporting the head gardener in the delivery of Corporate Challenges
  • Other duties as deemed relevant to the role and education of the apprentice gardener
  • To work safely, in accordance with Children’s Trust policies and agreed safe systems of work at all times
  • External cleaning and internal high level cleaning in quieter periods
  • Escorting contractors as and when required

Desired skills

  • Practical skills relevant to the role, details must be shown on application
  • Able to work with or without supervision to prescribed standards
  • Able to undertake the physical requirements of the role
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Computer literate, proficient in MS Office applications, details must be shown on application
  • Ability to work within a team

Personal qualities

  • Positive attitude
  • Commitment to the vision and values of The Children’s Trust
  • Flexible and ‘can do’ attitude to competing commitments in workload
  • Highly motivated and reliable
  • Ability to cope working in a demanding environment

Desired qualifications

  • English and maths GCSE or equivalent desired but not essential at Grade 9-4/A*-C
  • The successful candidate must not already hold the Level 2 or higher in Horticulture

Future prospects

  • Possible permanent gardener role at The Children’s Trust

Things to consider

  • KEITS Training Services Ltd reserves the right to close the vacancy earlier than the listed closing date should the need arise

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