• Apprentice Grounds Operative

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/06/2018 09:18)
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    Rydon Maintenance Ltd
  • Overview

    Rydon Maintenance has an exciting opportunity for an apprentice grounds operative (gardener), to join our highly regarded Healthcare maintenance team in Bristol. Rydon is a successful construction, development, maintenance, investment and management group operating throughout England, predominantly in London and the southern counties.


    Rydon Maintenance is an expanding division of the Rydon Group and is successfully providing planned, reactive and responsive repairs services to a variety of clients within the NHS.

    Job Purpose

    We are currently seeking an apprentice gardener to join our Bristol based landscaping team. This team is responsible for landscaping services on behalf of our NHS Clients. This role includes both hard and soft landscaping and full training will be provided.


    A typical day will involve working as part of a team and undertaking the key tasks from a two weekly programme. This will involve visiting a range of set sites to undertake the planned workds. The initial part of the day will be about meeting with the team, gathering tools, undertaking equipment checks, discussing and agreeing any health and safety checks that should be in place before work can commence. From there, you will work as part of a small team, learning and undertaking works and routine grounds tasks which could include:

    • Seasonal tasks – winter: leaf clearance, cutting back shrubs and plants, preparing plants for winter and planting bulbs for next spring.
    • In summer the role will focus more on cutting of grass/other plants and maintaining green areas, borders as well as weed control.
    • Hard landscaping responsibilities include checking and maintaining footpaths, access and egress of the site. As well as seasonal leaf clearance, moss and algae control, making sure the integrity of the hard landscaped areas is maintained with no trip hazards at all time
    • Signage – the role will make sure that external signs and furniture is to good order. This could include benches and other furniture in the garden areas. Depending on what is found, it may be something that a member of the grounds team takes care of, or it may be reported back to maintenance team to rectify
    • The end of the day will focus on recovering and collecting all waste, managing the disposal of and recycling of waste as appropriate and in accordance with legal and policy requirements.


    Full training will be provided, as well as a fully funded learning programme (apprenticeship) which will involve shadowing, on site coaching and mentoring as well as (where appropriate) external training delivered through our partnership with a local college.


    This is a varied opportunity with excellent room for personal growth and development throughout your career at Rydon.

    Experience Required

    We are seeking an enthusiastic and energetic individual, who is prepared the learn new skills. The role involves some heavy lifting and as such, the preferred candidate will be prepared to undertake tasks in all weather conditions. The preferred candidate must also be keen to undertake an NVQ level 2 qualification as part of this role. In return, Rydon will invest heavily in your development with a view to helping you develop a rewarding career in grounds keeping. 


    If you have the above experience, we would strongly encourage you to apply. 

    Additional Information

    As a well established, progressive company we are committed to attracting and retaining individuals by offering an excellent benefits package that includes a wide range of core and voluntary benefits.


    Rydon is an equal opportunities employer and promotes diversity in employment. Successful candidates will be selected solely on their ability to carry out the duties of the post.  


    To apply online, please use the 'apply for this job link' at the top of this page.


    Our application process is very straight forward allowing you to apply with a CV (from your Computer or Dropbox), LinkedIn, Facebook or Google+ and should take no more than a few short minutes. 


    For details on our rewards, recognition and benefits please click here.


    For more details on our culture and what it’s like to work at Rydon, please click here.


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