Apprentice Landscape Operative Through Moulton College

This vacancy is for an apprenticeship position in horticulture. The apprentice landscape operative will support the team to complete grounds maintenance predominantly, with some supporting functions in tree surgery / tree felling. There will be training provided in the safe use of machinery and maintenance of these tools. The aim of the apprenticeship is to support apprentices to gain skills to enable them to be employed as a landscape operative on completion of the apprenticeship.

Closing Date: Vacancy will close on successful recruitment of an apprentice for March 2018.

Apprenticeship Summary

Weekly Wage: £140 per week, with 6 month pay review, which could lead to pay increase.

Working Week: 40 hours per week Inclusive of one day at College.
Winter season: 7.30am – 4.00pm
Summer season: 6.30am – 3.00pm

Apprenticeship Duration: 18 Months

Possible Start Date: March 2018

Apprenticeship Level: Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Horticulture

Key Responsibilities Include:

Training will be provided on site for many of the below tasks, depending on business need, our aim is to train you to the level required of a landscape operative so that you are able to start work effectively from completion of your apprenticeship.

Areas Of Training and Experience:

  • Hedge Cutting
  • Chipping
  • Grass Cutting
  • Strimming
  • Manual Weeding
  • Raking
  • Sweeping
  • Blowing
  • Maintaining Company Tools
  • Driving Company Vehicles Across Sites

Training will be provided on site for many of the above tasks, depending on business need, our aim is to provide you with a wide array of skills and abilities equal to the level required of a landscape operative so that you are able to start work effectively from completion of your apprenticeship.

Although it is not a requirement for you to have experience in Horticulture, some experience of working outside is desirable.

Requirements and Prospects

Desired Skills
  • Full Manual Driving Licence
  • Effective Team Player/able to Get on With Others Well
  • Good Communication Skills
  • Ability to Use Own Initiative
  • Keen to Learn
  • Ability to Undertake Work Which Will Be Physically Demanding
Personal Qualities
  • Positive and Proactive Approach to Work
  • Can Do Approach
  • Flexible and Adaptable
  • Reliable and Trustworthy
  • Punctual / Good Attendance
  • Presentable
Qualifications Required
  • Basic Understanding of English and Maths Is Required.
Training Will Be Provided for the Role/apprenticeship; However Desirable Qualifications / Experience May Include:
  • Plant Knowledge
  • Health and Safety
  • Previous Experience Using Horticultural Tools Such as a Hedge Cutter, Blower Etc.

Future Prospects

Our aim is to support our apprentices to gain the knowledge and experience to become a landscape operative on completion of their apprenticeship, opportunities for permanent roles may become available within Neal Landscape for apprentices who complete their programme with us. We enjoy training and developing our staff and thrive for internal promotions within our teams.

Things To Consider

This role involves you working outdoors for the duration of the working day. This means that you will have to contend with both cold and hot weather conditions ensuring to take responsibility for your own health in this situation, for example wearing appropriate clothing, staying hydrated etc. The role is very physically demanding and you will be expected to be active all day, apart from your breaks within the working day. Please consider whether you are physically fit enough to complete the work and tasks requested of you. Within the role you will also be required to wear PPE, although there are regular kit checks you need to take full responsibility for your own equipment. Once training is completed you will be assigned equipment such as a hedge cutter, secateurs etc, you will be given time to maintain these tools, but it is your individual responsibility to maintain these to the expected standard, if you do not you may incur charges for damages to equipment. The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Apprentice’s wages then increase to minimum wage for their age for the completion of their apprenticeship.

About Neal Landscapes

Neal Landscapes was founded in 1992 as a landscape maintenance company serving companies in and around Milton Keynes. There are three partners, James Neal, Roy Neal (working site managers) & Anita Neal (working office manager). Neal Landscapes are a local family run business with 40+ years experience with an excellent reputation for the high standard of work and high level of health & safety having been accredited with Alcumus SafeContractor since 2003 and Constructionline. Neal Landscapes deliver commercial maintenance and services covering a 60 mile radius around Milton Keynes. We currently maintain areas for agents such as: MJ Mapp Ltd, The Parks Trust Ltd, Hornbeam CPAM Ltd & Dexter Brown to name but a few. We also work for individual companies and have maintained their landscaped areas for numerous years because of our high standard of work and competitive rates.

The Employer

Moulton College

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Moulton College Website.


Nicola Clark – Apprentice Advisor

Telephone Number: 01604 491 131 Ext. 2254

Mobile Number: 07500 991 701


Employer’s Application Instructions

Please email your CV to Nicola Clark to be considered for this apprenticeship:

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