Horticulture Level 2 Apprenticeship at Durham County Council

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Horticulture Level 2 Apprenticeship

You will develop skills and knowledge through the provision of a high quality grounds maintenance service assisting the team with grass cutting, operating grounds maintenance machinery and powered hand tools. You  will also assist with the planting and maintenance of floral displays and shrub, rose and heather beds.

The apprenticeship will be based in various locations across County Durham.

Training to be provided

Horticulture and Landscape Operative Standard

  • The qualification is made up of a number of mandatory units designed to have maximum relevance to the job & integrate with the day to day responsibilities
  • End Point assessment, conducted by an independent assessor, which includes Knowledge test (30% of grading)
  • Personal statement & portfolio of evidence (20% of grading)
  • Coursework & practical end assessment 5-6 hours (50% of grading)
  • There will be 3 levels of Pass, Merit & Distinction
  • Upskill of Functional Skills in English and maths if required

Desired skills

You must have a good basic education to GCSE level or equivalent, have good communication skills and be able to form effective working relationships with colleagues.


Personal qualities

You must show the following qualities:

  • Presentable
  • Physically fit (this role requires some heavy lifting)
  • Have a passion for this particular industry
  • Be prepared to work hard both in the workplace and with your portfolio of learning
  • Be approachable
  • Be prepared to work outside in all weathers

Desired qualifications

GCSE grades 9-4 (A*-C) or equivalent are essential for this role.


Future prospects

Progression into the next level of qualification and the possibility of full time employment.

Things to consider

Do you meet the criteria for this position?

Can you travel to the location on a daily basis and be on time?

About Durham County Council

Durham County Council are responsible for providing a wide range of public services to the people of the county. We also represent and promote the interests of County Durham when dealing with regional, national and international affairs. Through effective local government, we allow local people to look after their own affairs and to decide how and where money is best spent in their area. Our powers and responsibilities are determined by Parliament with county council elections held every four years. 

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