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Apprentice Gardener & Groundsperson

Job title Apprentice Gardener & Groundsperson

Department Estates

Salary Starting from £16,736, rising to £17,682

Grade Grade 2

Placed on Thursday 06 January 2022

Closing date Monday 10 January 2022

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CH9027


This is a fantastic opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge to enable the successful applicant to undertake landscape and grounds maintenance through an apprenticeship with Wiltshire College and practical experience at the University of Bath.

This will include a mixture of workplace and college training over a period of 12 to 18 months which will enable them to gain the knowledge, skills and competencies to safely undertake the following tasks and responsibilities:

Carry out seasonal work to grass, formal and informal planted areas and woodland to ensure that the University grounds are attractive, safe and tidy

Learn to safely use:

  • ride on mowers 
  • trailed gang units 
  • tractors (with trailers including gritting machine) 
  • 4 X 4 vehicles / pickups
  • flat bed and panel vans 
  • hand operated horticultural machinery 

Maintain grass sports pitches and artificial sports surfaces such as sand/water based astro and 3G pitches, acrylic and clay tennis courts and athletic running track

The team maintain the upkeep of the borders, grassed areas, woodlands, planting, preparation and upkeep of outdoor natural and artificial sports surfaces and other facilities for sports fixtures and recreational use.

As part of the apprenticeship Wiltshire College will provide the following training:

  • L2 NVQ Diploma in Horticulture
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Functional Skills (English and Maths) if required

This role is very rewarding and enjoyable. Please be aware that it is mostly based outdoors at all times of year and can be physically demanding in line with the requirements of the job.

The successful candidate will join the Landscape Team at one of the UK's top university's with a fantastic reputation for the beauty of its grounds and the quality of its sports pitches. The Landscape Team are a part of the Department of Estates, which is responsible for the development, upkeep and management of all the University's land and buildings.    Their upkeep is a vital part of the University of Bath’s reputation for exceptional student experience.

What we can offer you:

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. 

We are:

  • a family friendly workplace 
  • open to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit you and the University. 
  • recognising of the talents of our diverse workforce through an excellent reward package 
  • encouraging of your personal and professional development

Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

Further details:

Living Wage

We are an accredited Living Wage employer. Appointments at Grade 2, Spine Point 3, 4 and 5 will receive an additional supplement to ensure a minimum hourly pay equivalent to the Living Wage as confirmed on our Bath pay and grading structure page.

Visa information:

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Update to our application process:

We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this the personal details of all applicants will be withheld at the initial shortlisting stage.