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Grounds Maintenance Apprentice

Job Title: Grounds Maintenance Apprentice
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Buxton
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: SS25431
Job Published: August 14, 2018 08:42

Job Description

Reference numberSS25431RegionUKLocationEast MidlandsSub locationBuxtonFunctionFacilities ManagementEmployment typeFull Time - Fixed TermHourly Rate BandsNational Minimum WageSalaried/Hourly-PaidSalaried
To train in and learn all aspects of Grounds Maintenance within the HSE Buxton site and develop a range of associated skills. The site covers 550 acres, in a spectacular setting on the outskirts of Buxton, with a mixture of cultivated lawns, grassed and wooded areas that are maintained to a high standard.


The specific aims of the Apprenticeship are to gain a thorough understanding of the following:

Health and safety; health and safety regulation, legislation, policy and procedure and the responsibility of workers. Knowledge of hazards and working to strict health, safety, quality and environmental (HSQE) processes particularly appropriate to horticultural sites.
Business; business policies, vision and values. Worker's contribution to earning profit and awareness of commercial pressure. Understanding of how project management informs a team to achieve objectives..
Communication; the importance of clear communication. Knowledge of different forms of communication aids and their use. The value of effective and timely
Industry understanding; the importance and benefits of green-space and the types of horticultural skills appropriate to different businesses and cultural sites.
Environmental; waste and waste reduction/recycling and environmental best practice. Prevention and control of local pollution incidents.
Tools, equipment and machinery; correct tools, equipment and machinery required for the job and the importance of maintenance / regular checks of these items to ensure they remain in good working order. Legal requirement of training by a competent person and familiarity with operator training and certification requirements.
Vegetation control; how to control vegetation and methods of site clearance and removal of vegetation.
Biosecurity; biosecurity and phytosanitary measures for pests and diseases and how these apply to work sites. Awareness of invasive alien species that may impact work methods.
Plant identification; plant identification by scientific names including genus, species and cultivar. Know why and how plants are identified.
Soil science; why, when and how to cultivate soils for differing purposes. Different growing media and mulches. How to modify soils for plant growth and understand the reasons for cultivation and drainage.
Plant health; basic pest & disease identification/symptoms and control methods.
Team working; work alone and as part of a team effectively and recognise how all staff are dependent on each other to meet business objectives.
Soil cultivation; cultivate and improve soils by mechanical methods and by hand, making and amelioration of growing media and soils.
Use of tools, equipment and machinery; safely use tools e.g. spades, rakes, shovels; equipment e.g. tape measure and spirit level and machinery e.g. pedestrian controlled mowers, hand held strimmer, hedge cutter.
Maintain hard structures; maintain structures relevant to the business activities.
Site presentation; work to a specified finish.
This work is generally based outside and is undertaken throughout the year so apprentices will frequently work outside in all weathers.

Working and learning in the horticulture and landscape industries is rewarding, offers a diverse range of employment opportunities and includes a range of skills that are transferrable into many other industries.

A flexible customer orientated team player, with a “can do” approach is essential.
Ability to work to deadlines
Personable & approachable
Committed to achieving results

Be able to participate in effective team working & have good communication skills.
Be flexible and motivated.

Interserve's vision is to redefine the future for people and places. We are one of the world's foremost support services and construction companies, operating in the public and private sectors in the UK and internationally. We offer advice, design, construction, equipment, facilities management and front-line public services. Interserve is based in the UK and is listed in the FTSE 250 index. We have gross revenue of £3.1 billion and a workforce of over 75,000 people worldwide.