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Larkhall Park Horticultural Apprentice

| Lambeth Council

Location: Clapham Common

Salary: £27,306

Full Time: Apprenticeship

Closing Date: 31/07/2024 

It is an exciting time to join Lambeth Council, we have bold ambitions for the future of Lambeth’s communities and residents through our Lambeth 2030 Plan ‘Our Future, Our Lambeth. To deliver on these ambitions, we have embarked our transformational One Lambeth Programme ensuring we are ‘connected by purpose,’ in everything we do to deliver excellence. We are proud to have recently developed a refreshed set of One Lambeth Values and Behaviours that were develop for staff by staff; Equity, Ambition, Kindness, and Accountability. For more information, please have a look at our dedicated One Lambeth Values and Behaviours page.

Job Description

About the Team:

The Lambeth Parks Team are responsible for managing over 60 parks and open spaces across Lambeth. These spaces are a valuable resource for Lambeth’s residents and visitors, essential for their health, wellbeing and quality of life. We are proud to have 23 Green Flag Award winning parks in the borough and take pride in ensuring they remain a great asset for the Lambeth community and future generations to enjoy. Our grounds maintenance service is run in house, through Lambeth Landscapes. Previous Horticulture Apprentices have found employment with Lambeth or gone on to further study.

About the Role:

You will be based at Brockwell Park and Larkhall Park. You will work closely with and support the Lambeth Landscape team of Gardeners and supervisors and other parks staff as directed. You will undertake a wide range of horticultural and grounds maintenance duties outdoors in all seasons, including mowing and strimming grass; looking after herbaceous borders and shrubs and naturalised areas. You will contribute to improving the quality of the landscaping within Brockwell Park and Larkhall Park, making the parks more attractive and welcoming to users and improving their environmental performance for amenity value, biodiversity and climate change. You may occasionally work alongside volunteers and members of Friends of groups and other parks users.

The role will include provision for 6 hours per week (as a guide) off-the-job time training and academic study time at Capel Manor College, commencing 24th September 2024. This study will lead to a Horticulture Operative Apprentice QCF Level 2 qualification.

To be considered for interview, your CV and supporting statement will clearly evidence:

Candidates will need to demonstrate a desire and enthusiasm to:

progress their career in horticulture

learn new skills on the job and through college study

increase their knowledge about plants and their care

ability to undertake manual work outdoors in all seasons

work towards achieving a high standard of work

contribute to being part of a team

You must also meet at least one of the following criteria: be a resident of Lambeth, have gained your qualifications in the borough or be a current or previous recipient of Lambeth Care Leaver Services.

Applicants must either have or be prepared to achieve level 1 maths and English by the end of the taught component of the apprenticeship.

It will be advantageous to have some prior experience of working in gardening or associated landscape based industry experience.

For detailed qualifications and requirements, please review the job description and person specification in hyperlink below:

Contact Information:

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Michael Penney at


We believe in rewarding our staff. When you join us, you’ll gain access to a range of benefits, including:

Participation in our 5 Staff Networks: Black, Asian, and Multi-Ethnic, LGBTQ+, Disability, Young Professionals, and Women’s.

Generous annual leave entitlement starting from 27 days, increasing to up to 35 days depending on length of service.

Membership in the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Hybrid Working.

Employee Assistance Programme.

Occupational Sick Pay based on length of service.

Discounts at local restaurants.

Discount at our Active Lambeth Gyms.

Learning and Development opportunities, including Apprenticeships.

Cycle to Work Scheme.

Secure Bike Storage facilities at our Town Hall and Civic Centre.

Trade Union Membership.

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