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Apprenticeship in Botanical Horticulture (2020-22)

Posted: 3 Dec 2019 Closes: 1 Feb 2020
London £15,429
Fixed term & Part time defra/20191203181126

The two-year Kew apprenticeship is an entry level position designed for individuals desiring a professional career at senior craft level in botanical or amenity horticulture. Apprentices are employed on a salary and college fees and staff exchanges are supported financially by the School of Horticulture.


A Kew apprentice will gain work experience in each of the two horticultural sections: Arboretum, Gardens & Horticultural Services, and Glasshouses, Nurseries and Display Horticulture. As part of this work experience, on-the-job training will be arranged and delivered by garden managers and trainers, with a focus on practical skills using real tasks. Personal development is encouraged with a two-week staff exchange to a European botanic garden or plant collection and a competitive travel scholarship opportunity for two-weeks at the beginning of the second year.

Each apprentice will be granted day release to attend a local horticultural college, where they will study and prepare for the horticulture operative Trailblazer apprenticeship standard.

Responsibilities

A Kew apprentice will gain work experience in each of the two horticultural sections: Arboretum, Gardens & Horticultural Services, and Glasshouses, Nurseries and Display Horticulture. As part of this work experience, on-the-job training will be arranged and delivered by garden managers and trainers, with a focus on practical skills using real tasks. Personal development is encouraged with a two-week staff exchange to a European botanic garden or plant collection and a competitive travel scholarship opportunity for two-weeks at the beginning of the second year.

Each apprentice will be granted day release to attend a local horticultural college, where they will study and prepare for the horticulture operative Trailblazer apprenticeship standard.

Benefits

Benefits

Our fantastic benefits package includes opportunities for continuous learning, a generous annual leave entitlement, flexible working to help you maintain a healthy work-life balance, an Employee Assistance Programme and other wellbeing support such as cycle to work scheme and discounted gym membership. We also offer a competitive pension, an employee discount scheme and free entry into a wide range of national museums and galleries, as well access to our own beautiful gardens at Kew and Wakehurst.

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Selection process details

You can find out more about this apprenticeship by visiting this page on our website

If you are interested in applying for this apprenticeship, you must complete the on-line application form in full through the online portal, by clicking “Apply for this job”.; a CV on its own is not sufficient.

Your application is fully anonymised at this stage, so the panel will be judging the factual detail of your application - clear full details are very helpful for us, as we will have many applications to compare for this apprenticeship.

If you have not had a job before please tell us about relevant experience from school or college.

The online form requires quite a bit of detail. Once you have logged on and started your application, you can save your work at any time and come back to complete it. It is important to save your work before moving away from any screen.

It is important that qualifications are recorded in detail starting with the most recent and certificates should be uploaded. Certificates will be checked if you are called to interview, when you should bring along the originals.

For previous employment, please give a brief explanation of the main duties and explain any gaps in employment. You will also need to complete a short essay, as part of the application process, explaining why you want to do the apprenticeship. This can be attached as a word document at the end of the form.

When you have completed all details, we recommend that you view a PDF of your completed form to check for any mistakes before submitting. Applications need to be submitted by 23:59 on 2nd March 2020.

Our fantastic benefits package includes opportunities for continuous learning, a generous annual leave entitlement, flexible working to help you maintain a healthy work-life balance, an Employee Assistance Programme and other wellbeing support such as cycle to work scheme and discounted gym membership. We also offer a competitive pension, an employee discount scheme and free entry into a wide range of national museums and galleries, as well access to our own beautiful gardens at Kew and Wakehurst.

The salary will be £15,429 per annum, plus £725 book and equipment allowance

If you are interested in this position, please submit your application through the online portal, by clicking “Apply for this job”.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post.

No agencies please.

May we take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and wish you luck with your application.

School of Horticulture

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

Please note this Post is NOT regulated by the Civil Service Commission.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

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