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CGM – Customer Service or Horticulture Apprenticeship
Country Grounds Maintenance Ltd (CGM) was founded in 1985 and provides a complete service to both commercial and domestic customers. Operating throughout East Anglia, CGM has bases in Kings Lynn, Norwich, Cambridge and Peterborough and regularly travel into Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk.
Are you green fingered? Enjoy being in a customer-facing role? If so, then this position might be the perfect opportunity for you. Join an established group, providing a front line service to their customers along with retail assistance in all things home and garden.
Maydencroft Arboriculture – Trees & Timber Apprenticeship
Maydencroft offers a Arboriculture – Trees & Timber Apprenticeship level 2 through Capel Manor College. Successful applicants would be offered the opportunity of employed the course duration is 18 months. College attendance is in weekly blocks at Capel Manor College with a Year 1 Salary of £8,580.
Level 2 Work Based Diploma in Trees and Timber (Arboriculture)
As horticulture is fundamentally important to our business, in 2014 we launched our horticultural apprenticeship scheme; ‘Grow Our Own’, so that we could train and nurture employees that work in our plant area, giving them the necessary skills and knowledge to advise customers. Apprentices in horticulture lead exciting and varied working lives and are in high demand.
The apprentices have a blended learning approach and comprehensive training which are put into practice whilst working in the Centre’s. Also the exciting experience of being involved in the running of the Squire’s stand at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.
As your career develops within Squire’s you will have extensive continuous training.
Apprenticeship frequently asked questions:
Why is the horticultural apprenticeship scheme important to Squire’s?
It is important for us to have employees that are knowledgeable and experienced in plants. We want to train and nurture our employees to work in our plant areas so they have the necessary skills and knowledge to accurately advise and assist our customers.
Who are we looking for?
We are looking to recruit apprentices, who want a career in horticulture, have a desire to learn new skills and are prepared to put these skills into practice in the workplace. The successful candidate must be passionate and enthusiastic about plants.
Where will they work?
Across the 15 centres in the plant department to gain horticultural experience. All our Plant Managers have an abundance of knowledge and skills which we want our apprentices to be able to experience working with them.
During the training, they will be transferred between the centres, working a few months in one before moving on to another.
Some of the exciting things that they will do is attend Plant Area Manager meetings, Hampton Court Flower Show and assist the running of the plant centre workshops.
Will I get training?
In addition to the above, our ‘Grow Our Own’ Scheme contains a combination of on and off the job training with access to a wide variety of training materials including online e-learning modules, RHS Wisley training and the support from the Senior Management Team.
During the training, you would be transferred between the centres, working a few months in one before moving on to another.
What is the rate of pay?
We pay all our ‘Grow Our Own’ apprentices the current rate for their age and not the lower apprentice national minimum wage.
Will I get a permanent job at the end of the scheme?
During the two-year Apprenticeship Scheme, we would look to place you in an available plant role at one of our 15 garden centres.
This is a fantastic opportunity to join a successful customer focused company which is creative, fast paced, energetic and friendly giving people pleasure from plants.
Maydencroft offers a Horticulture Apprenticeship level 2 through Shuttleworth college . Successful applicants would be offered the opportunity to be employed as a Landscape Operative, duration of the course is 24 months. College attendance is once a week at Shuttleworth College with a Year 1 Salary is £8,580 per year.
During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, which could include:
Could be employed to work in public parks and gardens, green spaces and historic gardens, private gardens and estates or in production nurseries and retail outlets. Many businesses will be specialised in their activities, such as grounds maintenance (soft-landscape) or landscape construction (hard-landscape). Soft-landscaping includes the establishment and maintenance of plants and cultivated areas. Hard-landscaping includes establishment of hard surfaces and structures in addition to the establishment of plants in cultivated areas.
This course is for operatives employed to work in public parks and gardens, green spaces and historic gardens, private gardens and estates or in production nurseries and retail outlets, including soft and hard landscaping. This role manages a site with minimum supervision. The course covers:
Industry knowledge and understanding business
Health, Safety and environmental
Plant growth and development
Tools, equipment and machinery
Plant identification and classification
Soils, growing media and plant health
Health, safety and environmental
Planting, plant growth and development
Tools, equipment and machinery
Maintain hard structures
Plus specific Horticulture or Lanscaping modules
Health and Safety
: Fully funded and exempt from Training Agreement (Value of funding £2000)
If you would like to apply please send your contact details and CV to Nicola Dole at