Kickstart - Cropworker

Job details
Posting date: 06 January 2022
Hours: Part time
Closing date: 16 February 2022
Location: Ash, Canterbury, CT32AP
Company: DWP Kickstart Scheme
Job type: Temporary
Job reference: V0000340518

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To apply for this job, you must be claiming Universal Credit and 16 to 24 years old.


There are several roles involved in glasshouse tomato production and you could be part of this team. We have over ½ million tomato plants that all require skilled regular attention to optimise production. You will receive training on each aspect, and be given the opportunity to develop these skills. Quality is key to us, and that always comes first.

This is a physical role and you need to be fit, dexterous, and capable of working in hot conditions and at times at height on a trolley.

Experience is not essential although a basic knowledge of horticulture would be an advantage.

We are looking for people who want to take ownership and be proud of their work, and are therefore self-motivated to achieve the high standards required. We provide on-the-job training, with the view to team members earning their own plots to work in, this comes with the flexibility to complete the workload, within set parameters, but to a large extent with flexibility of hours and days.

You will learn to be part of a strong team that’s very much self-motivated to do their best.

· Working in commercial glasshouses
· There is a Crop Scheme that runs through the main season, speed and quality is required here
· A Cropwork Training plan from the beginning of your employment
· Instructions to be obtained from Team Leader
· Start times flexible within 9am to 3pm
· The role will require a flexible approach to work, this is due to the seasonal fluctuations in workload
· We require committed, reliable people with a responsible attitude to work
· For those that do not make the crop scheme there are other roles available if ability shown in one particular area of crop husbandry.

Previous experience and qualifications are not necessary but we are looking for somebody who is confident, respectful, is self-motivated and can work as part of a team. Interest in horticulture is beneficial but not essential.

Monday-Friday, within 9am-3pm. Flexible early or mid-shift patterns, TBC


Wraparound training support for young people on the Kickstart scheme with the KFE:

Specifically designed in partnership with Kent businesses, the Kickstart wraparound training
programme supports young people to help develop skills to make a positive impact in the
workplace and enhance their future career prospects.

Working with businesses, the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce and DWP, the Kent Further Education Colleges, as local training experts, can offer the support Employers and their Kickstart employee need to make the scheme successful.

The programme will give the young person the opportunity to enhance their skills and
employability through both online and hopefully group workshops, during their placement:

1 Initial meeting at the start of employment to assess the young person’s training and support needs
Approx. 1 ½ hours via online meeting platform with the candidate, employer and the College.

Information, advice & guidance
Hopes, fears, aspirations and goals
Holistic needs self-assessment, including health and wellbeing
English, maths and ICT skills check
Identification of potential learning and support needs

2 Two-day workshop mid-way through
Potentially delivered face to face and if possible, in small groups.

Reflections so far
CV support and application techniques
Interview preparation
Employability skills development
Careers guidance and action planning

3 Evaluation and feedback at the end of the programme
Approx. 1 ½ hours via online meeting platform with the candidate, employer and the College

Review of self-assessment
Experience evaluation survey
Next steps and support

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