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Parks & Countryside Grounds Maintenance Apprentice
  • Employer: Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Reference: NS/21/159624
  • Published: Thu 22/07/2021, 12:20 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 26/07/2021, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 40.00 hours per week
  • Salary: £16,394.00
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Merseyside

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Parks & Countryside Grounds Maintenance Apprentice

We are looking for an enthusiastic person who is looking to learn and willing to be part of a Parks and Countryside team that undertakes a full range of grounds maintenance operations, activities and associated tasks in parks and countryside, cemeteries, and all associated sites

Apprenticeship summary

Annual wage


Working week

Monday, Tuesday between 07.00 - 16.15. Wednesday, Thursday between 07.00 - 16.00 and Friday between 07.00 - 12.30. Hours will change slightly during winter months.

Total hours per week: 40.00

Expected duration

24 months

Possible start date

01 Sep 2021

Apprenticeship level

Level 2 (GCSE)


3 available

Responsibilities will include:

  • Learn and assist in carrying out maintenance duties within Wirral’s parks, coast, open spaces, and cemeteries
  • Work alongside ‘Friends of Parks’ and community groups on joint projects and to work and be involved with other key partners delivering a range of public and community-based initiatives
  • Learn and assist with the Council’s Health and Safety Policy and to take such steps as are reasonably practicable for health and safety
  • Develop and learn skills of a wide range of Horticultural disciplines including parks, cemeteries, arboriculture, sports, and artificial surfaces
  • Communicate with a wide range of people including colleagues, members of the public, volunteers, and Friends Groups
  • Undertake regular rotations through various sectors of the Parks & Countryside Department
  • Develop your skills, confidence, and knowledge to help you to find employment within the Parks & Countryside Department once training has finished

 Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Experience of working effectively within a team
  • Good communication skills
  • Knowledge of Local Government and its current challenges

Personal qualities

  • Enthusiasm and personal drive
  • Willingness to learn
  • Confidence
  • Proactivity
  • Interest or experience in horticultural work
  • Commitment to continuous professional development

Desired qualifications

Desired qualifications for a Level 2 apprenticeship:

  • GCSEs at grades E/2 or above (or equivalent) in maths and English

Future prospects

The person under-taking the apprenticeship may a permanent position within Wirral’s Parks and Countryside Department (Subject to passing the apprenticeship course and fulfilling/meeting all the criteria.

Things to consider

A willingness to work outdoors in varying weather conditions.

Ability to travel throughout the Borough using private or public transport.

Ability to work flexible hours, with occasional evening, weekend, and bank holiday work.

Off-the-job training must make up at least 20% of the apprentice’s contracted hours, over the total duration of the apprentice’s planned training period.

About the employer

Wirral Council is home to vibrant, energetic, and engaged communities, people who take real ownership of their local area and are passionate about making Wirral a better place. The council and its partners have pledged to #BeTheDifference. 

We’ve got ambitious targets to meet by 2025. To achieve everything we have promised to our residents, we need people who are driven and ready to deliver the very best for our communities - #BeTheDifference.


Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Reaseheath College

Level 2 Horticulture and Landscape Operative apprenticeship standard, which includes:

  • Level 1/2 Functional Skills in maths and English (if required)
  • End-Point Assessment (EPA)

Reaseheath Training will be the apprenticeship training provider for this Apprenticeship.  The employer will give guidance and support throughout and a mentor will be assigned to you.

Off-the-job training must make up at least 20% of the apprentice’s contracted hours, over the total duration of the apprentice’s planned training period. Reaseheath Training also offer optional extra industry qualifications at additional cost.

Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape operative
Level 2 (GCSE)