Apprentice Grounds Maintenance Operative, Romsey - £230.88/ week

Test Valley Borough Council

We have an apprenticeship opportunity in our environmental services team where you’ll be working alongside experienced colleagues to gain valuable skills whilst studying for a recognised qualification in horticulture. Working with supervision, to undertake a full range of general grounds maintenance duties.

Closing date: 02 Mar 2020

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Weekly wage


Expected duration

2 years

Possible start date

30 Mar 2020

Apprenticeship level

Intermediate Level 2 (GCSE)

Reference number


Duties and responsibilities will include:

> Carry out, supervised, the full range of grounds maintenance activities such as, grass cutting, shrub pruning, bedding planting etc to the requested frequency and standard.

> Liaise with the Supervisor or Team Leader on a frequent basis to ensure that all these activities are carried out within the set guidelines of the specification and/or law, and horticultural good practice.

> Ensure that all paperwork is completed on time and all inspection forms or work records are correct and up to date.

> Inspect all vehicles and plant daily and ensure that any defects are appropriately reported to the Transport Business Unit and line manager and all related records, logs or reports are kept or shared in line with Council procedures.

> Assist is some operations where the post holder has not got the appropriate skills or experience. This will be carried out working alongside a competent person who either has the qualifications or experience to do so.

Desired skills

> Be able to lift 20kg load from ground level to 1m high platform

> Able to work in outdoor environment in all types of weather

> Ability to establish a good working relationship with a range of people

> Good oral and written communication skills

Personal qualities

> Reliable

> Flexible

> Self Motivated with a ‘can do’ attitude

> Able to work as a team member or alone

> Relate well to the public and members

> Diplomatic and tactful

Desired qualifications

GCSE English and maths Grade D/3 and above or equivalent

Things to consider

Please note:

This is an outdoor based role

Exposure to all weather conditions, traffic conditions, hazards connected with exposure to dirt, dust and noise

Will involve handing of chemicals, and contact with unknown substances and materials

Contact with the public with risk of challenge or abusive behaviour

The post requires a lot of walking standing, bending, and lifting throughout the day


Test Valley Borough Council


Abbotswood Farm

Sandy Lane


SO51 0PD

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Sparsholt College Hampshire

Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture and Landscape Operative Level 2 (GCSE)

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