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Grounds Maintenance Gardener Apprentice

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Are you excited about learning new skills and kick-starting your career as a Grounds Maintenance Gardner Apprentice?  

Are you keen to work towards a qualification whilst also getting first-hand, real-world experience? 

Well, if the answers yes then we want to hear from you! 

We have a fantastic opportunity to join us as an Environmental Services Apprentice. You’ll get a real chance to develop grounds maintenance experience, along with horticulture knowledge covering topics such as plants, soil science, vegetation, machinery and environmental best practice. 


What will I be doing?  

As an Environmental Services Apprentice, you’ll provide a first-class grounds maintenance service and associated works to our customer schemes and adjoining areas.  

You’ll work alongside a fab team of experienced environmental services professionals, working to site specifications and ensuring exceptional standards in a cut and collect grass cutting service, weeding and spray, shrub and flower bed maintenance, litter picking and reporting any tree works or repairs including fly tipping. 

On top of this you’ll be attending college and passing all your related coursework and exams to gain your Horticulture Level 2 Apprenticeship qualification.  

You’ll be the face of Yorkshire Housing to many of our tenants. So, respectful, warm and professional communication is a key part of this role. 

You’ll also work closely with the compliance team in ensuring work is undertaken safely. 

If you did want to know more before applying, there is a role profile attached for you to have a look through! 


What you’ll bring to the role 

  • A passion for customer service - or as we say at YH “Customer Obsessed”.  
  • GCSE Grade C/Level 4 in English and Maths 
  • Enthusiasm for grounds maintenance  
  • A passion to learn, and grow your career in Horticulture (work experience in a similar role is a bonus but not essential!) 
  • Good practical skills with a methodical approach to work 
  • Driven and self-motivated  
  • Passionate about doing the right thing, not the easy thing 

Ability to manage own workload 


If you’re sat there thinking, I can’t quite bring everything to the role that they’re asking for, but I’m pretty confident I have a ton of other skills that make me stand out… Don’t let the bullet points put you off, we’re a friendly bunch and want to get the best people in the best roles and if that’s you, we’d love to hear from you! 


A bit more about us  

You might think of Yorkshire Housing as ‘just’ a housing provider, but we’re so much more than that. We own and manage nearly 20,000 homes (and counting) across Yorkshire and make it possible for current and future customers to have a place they’re proud to call home. 

We know that what matters to our customers is living in a safe, clean and well-kept environment that they can feel proud of – that’s where you come in!  


What’s in it for you?  

In return, we offer a salary of £12,582.96 for first 12 months for 37 hours per week, 25 days annual leave (rising annually to 30 days) plus Bank Holidays.   

We also work (truly) flexibly, and believe work is something you do, not somewhere you go.  

But that’s not all. We offer a reward package to suit everyone. At YH, you can claim back for prescriptions, eye tests and more with our cash plan, make the most of a variety of retail discounts and take advantage of our pension scheme where we’ll match your contributions up to 9%, just to name a few.  

Our people’s health and wellbeing are one of our top priorities, and you can make the most of our readily available wellbeing support package. This includes access to a library of free fitness classes, as well as an instant My GP service and free counselling sessions with a trained professional.  


So, now you’re really interested?  

At YH, we’re actively building a work environment that’s inclusive as well as diverse, where everyone can contribute their best work and be themselves. We believe difference is what makes us stronger and recognise the importance of our teams reflecting the communities we serve, so we welcome and encourage candidates from all backgrounds for this role.  

If you require additional support with your application, or have any further questions, please contact our recruitment team via email at  


The fine print  

The closing date for applications will be 02/04/2024, but we might close it early if we get lots of fab candidates, so don’t hang around. As this role is an apprenticeship, it’s a 24 month fixed contract, but once your fully qualified we’d work with you to secure you an opportunity with us at Yorkshire Housing as we know good talent when we see it! 

Please remember to complete your application is as much detail as possible, if your CV isn’t the most detailed, your application is your time to shine! 

We know not everyone excels at interviews which means we don’t always get the best out of people in a traditional interview. So, as you can probably tell we don’t do things the ‘typical’ way here at Yorkshire Housing so the next step of the process will involve a super exciting assessment centre approach where we get to see you face to face! 

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