Walled kitchen garden Apprentice – Level 3

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  • Employer: National Trust
  • Location: Tiverton
  • Salary: £19,461
  • Closing Date: 12/02/2023

Job Description


An Apprenticeship with the National Trust Garden team.

We employ more than 600 gardeners, from Apprentices and Assistant Gardeners to Head Gardeners and Garden Managers We care for over 200 gardens and 190 historic parklands reflecting 500 years of UK garden history. Our gardens are home to the largest plant collection in Europe. Our gardeners are responsible for the conservation and development of our gardens and plant collections for an increasing number of members and visitors. We also support people’s access to nature and heritage through partner projects within our city centres. Our gardeners are responsible for their care, conservation and regular maintenance to share with our ever expanding audience.

Further information on the Apprenticeship Standard Crop technician / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

To apply for this role, please submit a covering letter that introduces yourself and answers the following questions:

  • What do you understand about the Apprenticeship scheme?
  • What do you know about the National Trust, and what attracts you to this role?
  • What skills do you think would be the most important for a Crop Technician Garden Apprentice based in our kitchen garden?

This can lead to an assistant gardener or gardener role and potentially move to an L3 Horticulture Supervisor apprenticeship after the additional experience.

What it’s like to work here

Knightshayes walled kitchen garden is a key component of a busy heritage visitor attraction. It is just under 3 acres mainly consisting of soil association certified organic growing space focused mainly on crop production but also including fruit , flower and seed production. There is extensive covered areas for growing and propagation. The borders surrounding the kitchen garden consist of: one traditional herbaceous, one about to be planted/created and a tender exotic border called the buttress border. Also wall trained and free-standing fruit production.

For more information about our property please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knightshayes-court

The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty, commonly known simply as the National Trust, is an independent charity and membership organisation for environmental and heritage conservation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is the largest conservation charity in the United Kingdom.

What you’ll be doing

You’ll be working with your Trust Line Manager/ Mentor on tasks specific to your apprenticeship, as part of the wider team, and working outdoors in all weathers. You’ll attend, and prepare for, monthly review meetings with your Provider Mentor and be accountable for your progression concerning the Apprenticeship Standard. You’ll be required to complete and upload relevant evidence to the appropriate e-portfolio system to document your progress and maintain timesheets for Off-the-Job training. You’ll abide by the Trust’s ways of working and uphold our Values and Behaviours. You’ll be required to complete mandatory e-learning courses and training and prepare for exams if applicable.  You’ll need to attend six block weeks of training at our nominated college for your garden, with all travel, food and accommodation costs covered.

Jobs and daily tasks: Watering , Looking after young plants in the nursery, Seed sowing, Weeding bed prep, Hoeing, Planting out, Crop rotation, Harvesting, Working as a team and with volunteers, Seed production and saving along with managing pest and disease.

Please also read the complete role profile attached to this advert. 

Who we’re looking for

Applications will be assessed against the below criteria, as well as the content of your cover letter

The minimum standards required for this role are:

  • Team player with the ability to work independently or as part of a wider team
  • Keen to learn, be committed to self-development and enthusiastic about acquiring new skills
  • A genuine passion for gardening, nature and the outdoors
  • Good attention to detail
  • 5 GCSEs at grades C/4 including English and maths or equivalent and 2 A levels or equivalent
  • A related level 2 qualification may also be of benefit

The package

The National Trust has the motto ‘For everyone, for ever’ at its heart. We’re working hard to create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It’s important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value difference, so when we say we’re for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too.

  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary
  • Free entry to National Trust properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Tax free childcare scheme
  • Rental deposit loan scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Perks at work discounts i.e. gym memberships, shopping discount codes, cinema discounts
  • Holiday allowance up to 32 days relating to length of service, plus holiday purchase scheme, subject to meeting minimum criteria.
  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Free parking at most locations
  • Independent financial advice

Click here to find out more about the benefits we offer to support you.

How to Apply

To apply for this vacancy simply click the ‘apply’ button in the top right hand side of the page. https://careers.nationaltrust.org.uk/OA_HTML/a/#/vacancy-detail/133476 

For some of our roles at some locations, you’ll need to complete our online assessment instead of using a C.V. or online application form. This will help us understand more about your strengths and give you an insight into the role. For these roles and locations you’ll only need to complete an assessment for a particular role type once in any six month period.

For other roles apply using a C.V. / cover letter or complete the online application form. Shortlisting is carried out objectively by assessing the information you provide against the requirements of the job as set out in the vacancy details on our website. If you are shortlisted, you will be contacted and invited to attend an interview.

If you need any help with you application, i.e. due to technical difficulties, please call us on 0370 240 0274

If you require an adjustment to the application or interview process, for example due to disability or medical condition, please call us on 0370 240 0274 or email us direct at adjustments@nationaltrustjobs.org.uk and we’ll support you as best we can.

Equal Opportunities Statement

The National Trust celebrates diversity and is committed to creating a fair and equal society, free from discrimination. You can read more about our commitment to inclusion and diversity here.

Safeguarding Statement

The National Trust is committed to a safe recruitment processes to help the organisation attract and appoint the right staff/volunteer for the role and responsibilities as set out in the vacancy advert. We will not accept applicants who are not suitable to work with children, young people or adults at risk. If you have any questions around your suitability for this vacancy, please contact the people service centre.

Please note we reserve the right to close this advert early and therefore we encourage you to apply for this position early.

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