Apprentice Gardener

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Oxford, ENGLAND
Deadline: 31 Aug 2021

About the role

We have an exciting opportunity for you to join the University of Oxford as an Apprentice Gardener in the University Parks department.

You will be required to complete a two-year training programme that will cover all aspects of the role giving you an industry-recognised qualification for a real career foundation in this sector.

As an Apprentice Gardener, you will gain hands-on experience in a variety of horticultural activities as well as receive formal college based training to industry standards. You will learn how to carry out all forms of garden maintenance, grass and turf care, plant propagation, hard and soft landscaping. The department holds an extensive plant collection, which you will have the opportunity to work with. There is an extensive range of horticultural equipment that you will be trained to use in the course of the apprenticeship.

About the apprenticeship

As part of this role, you will undertake an Apprenticeship with Abingdon & Witney College where you will complete a Level 2 Horticulture Operative.

For this apprenticeship, you will work at the University Parks department in Oxford City Centre. As part of your apprenticeship, you will be required to attend Abingdon & Witney College at their Common Leys campus near Witney. During your apprenticeship, you will need to attend University Parks Tentorium building 5 days a week.

In total, it will take 2 years to complete all elements of the apprenticeship, with support from the Department, University, and College throughout.

Becoming an apprentice at the University of Oxford is an excellent opportunity to gain practical experience and training. For more information, please visit:


About you

You will be passionate about starting your career in Horticulture and excited about the opportunity of becoming an apprentice at the University of Oxford. You may be starting your career or you may be looking for a career change.

To complete the level 2 apprenticeship you will need to evidence passes at 9-4 or A*-C in GCSE Maths and English. If you did not achieve these grades, do not let that put you off from applying as you can study Functional Skills as part of the apprenticeship giving you the equivalent qualifications needed. These qualifications are completed over 7 days. To help check that you have the potential to achieve these, Abingdon & Witney College will ask you to complete a short initial assessment during the application process.

There are also government residency requirements for Apprenticeship funding which the Training Provider will be able to advise on.

What we offer

Our apprentices are never on their own, you will benefit from a supportive environment working in collaboration with the rest of our committed team. You will also be supported by the central apprenticeship team and you will join our growing network of apprentices within the university. You will have the opportunity to become an apprenticeship ambassador for the University and region.

We will provide you with a welcoming and inclusive workplace, offering support and development opportunities that will enable you to progress and do your best work. We recognise diversity as our strength, vital for innovation and creativity, and we aspire to build a truly diverse community, which values and respects every individual’s unique contribution.

Over 80% of our apprentices continue with us in the role they have been trained for after their Apprenticeship and that is just the start of their career.

You will receive 38 days’ annual leave inclusive of Bank Holiday and fixed closure dates, discounted travel, an excellent contributory pension scheme, and student discount. You will also be part of the University’s annual apprenticeship awards.

Contact us and apply

If you would like further information or support in your application, please contact:

•         Michelle Cooper  – Recruiting Manager –

•         Apprenticeships team –  Abingdon & Witney College –

The closing date for applications is 12:00 noon on Tuesday 31 August 2021 only applications received by this date will be considered.

Interviews will be taking place in our offices in Oxford if you have concerns about travel or accessibility please do not hesitate to contact us.

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