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Apprentice Groundskeeper

Plumpton College Apprenticeships
North Chailey, Lewes
£10.77 per hour
Closing date
22 Mar 2024

Job Details

Aspects Beauty Company Limited are looking for an Apprentice Groundskeeper to work at our beautiful grounds in South Chailey with day release to college.

Balneath Manor is a Grade 2 Listed Manor House with walled gardens, in the heart of the Sussex countryside, surrounded by fields, woodlands and beautiful grounds! – This will be your place of work!

As an Apprentice Groundskeeper you will maintain the grounds to a professional standard, including the maintenance of hedges, lawns, flower beds, shrubberies, copses, woods and paddocks, fencing and outbuildings.

Rewilding is a big part of what we focus on here at Aspects and this is something you could become a part of within this role. Were focused on letting nature take care of itself through rewilding; enabling natural processes to shape the land around us, repair damaged ecosystems and restore degraded landscapes. Through rewilding, wildlife’s natural rhythms create wilder, more biodiverse habitats.

Rewilding is just one of the skills you can put into practice through this apprenticeship,

About Us

Founded in 1989, Aspects Beauty is a distribution and brand management company in the UK and Ireland. We work with global, niche and beauty brands and offer fully integrated and comprehensive marketing support. From the very beginning, we’ve had three guiding principles: Do it well, think differently, lead the way. We put beautiful brands in the right hands and strive to create optimum success. We build, nurture, and protect through seamless in store execution, bespoke marketing campaigns and unrivalled attention to detail.

Vacancy description

You would undertake a variety of tasks, however you main duties would include:

  • Maintaining the grounds (Balneath Manor, Balneath House, Balneath Manor Cottage, Balneath Manor Farm, Balneath Manor West) to a professional standard, including the maintenance of hedges, lawns, flower beds, shrubberies, copses, woods and paddocks, fencing and outbuildings.
  • Carrying out strimming, mowing, weeding, seasonal clearance of fallen leaves and removal of any fallen branches.
  • Planting, seeding, pruning, propagating and thining garden plants, shrubs and trees.
  • Maintaining ponds and pools, including the removal of algae, cutting back of water plants and cleaning and maintenance of fountains and other air filtration equipment.
  • Assisting with the clearance of office rubbish and recycling and carry out snow clearing duties.
  • Assisting with the moving and carrying of furniture and heavy objects, as well as occasional small office maintenance duties.

Desired skills

  • An keen interest in Horticulture
  • Must enjoy working outside
  • A resilient approach to work. Such as the ability to be working outside even in poor weather
  • Excellent time keeping ability
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Problem solving ability
  • Detail orientated
  • Working as part of a team as well as, at time; independently
  • Physical fitness / ability

Future prospects

  • Yes, we hope the apprentice enjoys the role and stays with us


37.5 per week.

Things to consider

  • As this is an apprenticeship, you will spend one day a week at Plumpton College. Please consider this before applying.
  • The site is not wheelchair accessible.


So, you’re looking to find out more about apprenticeships? Great! Did you know Plumpton College is one of the country’s leading land based apprenticeship providers?

An apprenticeship is a real job that combines hands on work with the opportunity to train and develop your skills, knowledge and behaviours in your chosen profession. 

At least 20% of your contracted hours will be spent in training and development, either with us at college, via online learning or even in your workplace. The rest of your time will be spent applying your skills and knowledge in your workplace, doing the job you have been employed to do.


  • Emergency first aid: Level 3 award in emergency first aid at work.
  • Pesticides: Level 2 Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides Guidance OR Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides
  • English and maths: Apprentices without level 2 English and maths must achieve level 1 and take the test for level 2 before taking the end-point assessment.
  • Training at Plumpton College will be one day per week during term time
  • You will achieve an intermediate apprenticeship upon successful completion of your end point assessment
  • Concepts of good environmental and sustainable good practices, including an understanding
  • Environmental controls and compliance with regulations including pollution control, waste reduction, management and recycling.
  • Impact of environmental conditions on plant growth and health
  • Soil science including soil formation, characteristics, texture and components, biological processes and their impact on plant growth.
  • Situations where special care should be taken including where heritage or environmental designations may be present.
  • Methods for identifying plants and plant biology
  • Main introduction routes for plant pests and diseases
  • Biosecurity and phytosanitary measures
  • Techniques for clearing sites and controlling weeds including identification and reasons for removal, techniques for control (including chemical) and situations for use
  • Cultivate, improve and preserve soils by mechanical methods and or by hand including amelioration and mulching
  • Types of turf, installation of turf and mowing of turf


Plumpton College Apprenticeships is a leading land based industry focused provider of technical and professional training. Working with local and national employer partners to recruit, train and develop the current and next generation of industry professionals.

Are you looking for your first steps on your career ladder or maybe to take that next step into a more specialist position? Plumpton College is well placed to support the career and development aspiration of individuals within the land based industries, whether Agri-food or Arboriculture to Veterinary Nursing or Viticulture.

This page promotes Plumpton College's range apprenticeship opportunities on behalf of their employer partners.

To apply for an apprenticeship is simple. Find an opportunity you like, send in your CV and Plumpton College's Recruitment Team will contact you regarding the next steps.

For further information please call 01273 890454 or to find out more visit

Company info
01273 890454
Ditchling Rd
East Sussex
United Kingdom

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