GDN24- Gardens Apprentice

Post Title: Apprentice Gardener

Post Reference: GDN24

Hours: 37 per week during Monday to Friday and occasional weekends with flexibility to meet business needs

Salary: £7,226 per annum (£3.75 per hour) paid in monthly instalments which includes a 1.5% salary increase from 1st January 2019. £3.75 is the rate for apprentices if they are either aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship.  Apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum (NMW) or National Living Wage (NLW) for their age if they are aged 19 or over and once they have completed the first year of their apprenticeship.  More information is also available on the government web site Rising to £7,503.60 per annum (£3.90 per hour) in April 2019.

Job Purpose: To assist in the maintenance of the historic gardens and the College campus. 

Vision: We are looking for someone interested in making horticulture their career. Working in a historic landscape assisting the gardens team and having the opportunity to work practically while at the same time gaining valuable horticulture knowledge. Willingness to work and enthusiasm for the subject are the essential requirements.

Status: Fixed-Term for 24 months or until the qualification has been achieved, whichever is the earlier

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Nigel Hewish on 01305 215107 during normal working hours.

Closing Date: Thursday 31st January 2019 at 9:00am

Proposed Interview Date: TBC

KMS 600 Appendix F – College Application Form

Work-Based Learning Application Form

GDN24 – Garden Apprentice Job Description

To Apply:

Please return the completed Application Form and Work-based Learning from by email to or by post to: HR Department, Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8PY.

Applicants for this position must complete both a College Job Application form and a Work-based Learning application form. CVs will not be accepted.

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For further details on application forms or the recruitment process, please go to our website Alternatively, please contact the HR department by emailing

You will be asked to provide evidence of all the qualifications listed on your application form at interview.

Kingston Maurward College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

The College welcomes applications from people with a disability and will offer interviews to all those who are able to reasonably fulfil the criteria outlined in this Job Description. If applicants with a disability shortlisted for interview require any assistance in attending please contact the College’s Human Resources Manager in order that alternative arrangements are made.

Kingston Maurward College reserves the right to close this position before the published closing date, should the need occur. We therefore advise that you complete and submit your application as soon as possible.

Please ensure you read our GDPR Candidate Privacy Notice to understand how your data is processed. This can be found on the College’s Website under “Work for Us”.

Following receipt of completed application forms, if you have not heard from the College within 2 weeks of the closing date regrettably you will not have been short listed on this occasion. All short listed applicants will be contacted within 2 weeks of the closing date or no later than 3 days prior to the interview date (where an interview date is specified).

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