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Apprenticeship Programmes

Recruitment for our 2022 Apprenticeship Programme is now closed. For 2023, with funding allowing, we hope to open four new Apprenticeship Placements. As follows you'll find the information about the recruitment that already took place.

Horticulture & Gardening Apprentices

12 Month Apprenticeship Programme

We're excited to announce two placements are now available for a 12 month apprenticeship scheme at the Propagation Place in association with Bridgewater and Taunton College, starting January 31st 2022.

This apprenticeship is a fantastic opportunity for people living in central Bristol to take the first steps to explore a career in horticulture, sustainable farming and land-management, whilst gaining transferable skills and experience through working in a thriving community business in a charitable setting.

If applying to any of our vacancies or apprenticeships, please email your COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM to office@swcityfarm.co.uk by the stated closing date.

All candidates are also asked to complete an anonymous equalities form here.

About the Propagation Place

Propagation Place is the Farm’s eCommerce Community Business where a small team of staff and volunteers grow and dispatch over 2000 orders of vegetable plug plants, amounting to over 100,000 individual plants, both locally and nationwide each growing season. All profits from sales are used to fund the work that we do in our local community.

The project was born out of a consultation with local people to find out how we could better support our local food system, whilst providing accessible volunteering, training and employment opportunities from our small urban site.  

Over a period of 12 months, the apprentices will become part of our Propagation Place team to support the smooth running of our community business, whilst learning on the job.

You will receive a practical education in propagation, plant care, pest and disease control, soil science and gardening techniques in order to achieve a Level 2 accreditation in Horticulture/Landscaping. You will also get an insight into all other aspects of the project and foster positive relationships with the farm staff, volunteers, and local community.

Benefits

  • Level 2 Horticulture/Landscape Operative Standard  
  • Certificated training in: First Aid, Adult Safeguarding, Diversity and Inclusion 
  • Personal career mentoring and advice 
  • 25 days annual leave plus statutory holidays pro rata 
  • Tailored, sector-specific Employability, CV, and Risk assessment training 
  • On the job practical learning with professional horticulturalists 
  • Opportunities for further practical experience through work placements with partner organisations and projects 
  • Work in a warm, inclusive and supportive team who have tons of experience in: Conservation and Landscaping, Sustainable Agriculture, Volunteer coordination, Business management, Marketing and Communications, IT and Social Media 
  • Be part of a well-respected charity with 40 years’ experience of working in the Bristol community

Key Responsibilities, Roles, Tasks and Activities

  • Follow a practical and theoretical program of horticultural training on and off site with occasional travel to Bridgewater and Taunton College 
  • Assist with propagation and seed sowing 
  • Assist with the growing and design of the community garden 
  • Picking and packing of vegetable plug plants for online orders 
  • Undertake work placements according to interests 
  • Undertake day to day tasks such as setting up activities and tidying up at the end of the day 
  • Act as a source of information and sales representative to members of the public 
  • Ensure the safety of yourself, and others in accordance with the Farm's risk assessments and health and safety policies  
  • Assist with stock management of both plants and seeds and add to sowing lists as necessary 
  • Support volunteers with horticultural tasks  
  • Undertake the role of an advocate and enable self-advocacy of beneficiaries/volunteers 

Additional responsibilities

  • Promote the aims and objectives of the Farm and present a positive image of the Farm through good public relations, communication with visitors, service users and the local community 
  • Read, understand, and comply with the Farm’s policies and procedures  
  • Promote diversity and inclusion 
  • Maintain and develop good relationships with existing and new partners  
  • Attend team and other staff meetings as required  
  • Undertake an enhanced DBS check  

Your skillset

  • Some experience / knowledge of, or interest in horticulture and a willingness to undertake training  
  • Some experience / knowledge of, or interest in working in a community project with volunteers 
  • Interest in customer interfacing and customer service  
  • Good communication skills and ability to communicate clearly and calmly 
  • An ability to work as part of a team  
  • Able to operate on your own, using initiative to solve problems arising from workload  

Details

Contract type: Fixed term, 12 months, starting 31st January 
Salary: £6.56 - £9.50 per hour, dependent on age and experience 
Hours of work: 30 hrs p/w (09:00 – 17:00 Monday – Thursday) plus occasional travel and weekend work 
Place of work: St Werburghs City Farm 
Annual leave: 25 days plus bank holidays (pro rata) 
Probationary period: 2 weeks 
You must be over 18 to apply

Closing date for applications

Tuesday 11th January 2022 (midnight).

Interviews

If you’re successfully shortlisted, we’ll see you at an interview on Monday 17th January 2022.

If applying to any of our vacancies, please email your COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM to office@swcityfarm.co.uk by the stated closing date.

All candidates are also asked to complete an anonymous equalities form here.