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Apprenticeship in Botanical Horticulture, The National Botanic Garden of Wales

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This is an opportunity to gain qualifications, skills and practical experience in horticulture at a national botanic garden. Working to promote the development of the Garden, you will be helping it achieve world-class standards while developing your own career.

You will be a highly motivated individual, joining our prestigious two-year apprenticeship scheme. We will provide the successful candidate with a comprehensive experience in botanical horticulture both outdoors and in our glasshouses. The Garden is committed to conservation, education, sustainability, and the enjoyment of the visitor.

The Apprenticeship will include day release at Coleg Sir Gâr working towards the Royal Horticulture Society’s Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture. You will also gain the City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Horticulture. The qualifications are delivered under the apprenticeship framework with in-house practical training in all aspects of garden management and maintenance, working alongside our skilled horticulturists, horticulture trainees and volunteers. The opportunities to gain appropriate National Proficiency Tests Council qualifications are also included as are exchange programmes with other partner gardens.


This is a full time fixed term position for a two-year period starting 04 September 2018. Training hours are 37.5 per week on any five days out of seven as required to ensure team cover from 8 am to 4pm. Weekend work is expected on a rota basis. The annual leave allowance will be 25 days. The apprenticeship allowance is paid in line with age related national minimum wage.

You are encouraged to explore the Garden’s web site to find out more about the Garden and what we do.

How to apply

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Fay Hall, Horticulture Development Officer
Applications, in the form of a cover letter and CV clearly showing how you meet the criteria together with contact details for two referees (including telephone and email) should be sent, preferably as an electronic copy, to Janine Oram, HR Officer . The closing date for applications is 21 May 2018. Interviews are planned for June 2018.

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