This is an apprenticeship type role

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New Forest District Council

Grounds Maintenance Apprentice

Location: Claymeadow Depot, Totton

Salary: £7.49 per hour in year one, and National Living Wage in any subsequent years. (Subject to annual April rises)

Contractual hours: 37

Basis: Full time

We are pleased to be able to offer an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and dedicated individual to join our Grounds Maintenance team. Based in a busy operational environment, the successful applicants will learn about and assist with most horticultural and arboricultural activities which will include grass cutting, shrub pruning, hedge cutting and a variety of grounds maintenance duties.

Whether you are leaving college, employed and looking to boost your skills, unemployed and looking for a job or simply looking for a new challenge, an Apprenticeship will set you on the road to career success. Apprenticeships offer many advantages over other, more traditional, methods of learning. As well as working towards a nationally recognised qualification, you will also be developing skills directly relevant to your chosen career.

This is an excellent opportunity to combine on the job training, guidance, and support with taught modules at college to gain the necessary skills and knowledge to gain the Apprenticeship Level Two in Horticultural Studies. This is a two year apprenticeship with external training through Sparsholt College for the full two years, Winchester assistance will be given in respect of travel to offsite sessions.

The successful candidates will have a willingness to learn about Grounds Maintenance in an Environment Services setting through a work-based training programme and therefore ideally have 3 GCSE's at grade c or above (to include Math’s & English). Preference will be given to someone who lives or works in the New Forest District.

Due to funding criteria we are unable to accept applications from candidates who have achieved a degree qualification in this.

Please note, this post is subject to a Basic DBS check.

Hours of work: 37 per week normally 07:30 – 15:30 hours Monday to Thursday and 07:30-15:00 hours Friday.

For further information, please call Kevin Frenchum on 02380 285831 or Wayne Dawkins on 02380 285374.

CVs and other supporting information will only be accepted if accompanied by a completed application form.

A current driving license would be an advantage.

Benefits include:

  • 23 days annual leave
  • Local Government Pension scheme
  • Limited parking is available on site otherwise free locally
  • Employee assistance programme (free 24 hour legal, financial, and personal advice for employees).
  • Wide range of employee discounts at high street retailers, including supermarkets, stores, and restaurants
  • Cycle to Work scheme which could save you around 40% on cycles and accessories

As part of our duty of care to all our employees, please be advised that this post is subject to pre-employment health screening.

Closing Date: Midnight on Wednesday 31st May 2023

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Closing Date: 31/05/2023  Location: Totton

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