Kickstart - Assistant Gardener

Job details
Posting date: 25 January 2022
Hours: Part time
Closing date: 24 February 2022
Location: Hexham, NE476DE
Company: DWP Kickstart Scheme
Job type: Temporary
Job reference: V0000342310

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

Heritage Country Gardening Ltd

The successful applicant will assist with mowing/strimming, weeding, any new landscape work, pruning, seed sowing/plant propagation as required. General maintenance and presentation of domestic outdoor spaces.

Daily tasks will vary, and there will also change along with the seasons, but will include grass cutting and edging, hedge cutting, pruning of trees and shrubs, leaf blowing and collection, weeding of borders and flower beds. We also undertake soft and hard landscaping work, both for our regular customers and one-off projects and this will include working with woodworking tools, fence building, paving, laying turf, creating gravel paths, rotovating and levelling the ground and creating ponds.

Winter work can include pressure washing driveways, digging new borders and clearing snowfall from paths and driveways.

General clearing up and tidying the space will form much of the manual work of the day.

You will work as part of a small team, often visiting up to 3 gardens per day. Gardening is season and weather dependant so flexibility with hours and the resilience to carry on in a range of temperatures is essential as although we carry on in most conditions, heavy rain can sometimes interfere with our plans.

Uniform and suitable workwear and PSE is provided; good standards of personal presentation are also essential for our target market clientele.
Heritage Country Gardening is a garden maintenance and landscaping company operating from Haydon Bridge in the Tyne Valley. We have customers with 5m x 5m terrace house gardens and also those with multimillion-pound manicured country house estates, all adding up to garden space that equals Buckingham Palace grounds 3 times over. The majority of our work comes from our regular clients who visit on a twice-weekly, weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis.

The successful applicant will be comfortable working outdoors in most weather conditions.
Punctual, reliable and the ability to take on the physical nature of the role.
Hard working and keen to work in a team.
Travel to and from a central pick up point as work is all conducted at the clients premises.
Someone who engages well with people from all backgrounds would be ideal - many of our clients are elderly and/or disabled and an appropriate and professional manner is essential.

An interest in gardening, groundwork or property maintenance is required, but experience is not essential as we expect to give full training on any tasks we ask you to do.

A current driving licence is desirable but not essential at this stage.

Flexible days - Flexible hours

National minimum wage

Owner-operator Adam has over 30 years in management and human relations experience in corporate businesses and has developed many new starters to succeed and develop into in senior roles through investment in their training and his mentorship.

You will work with Adam on a daily basis and benefit from his extensive business experience and professional knowledge as well as learning a bit about gardening!

As part of Adam's history as a senior manager in many hospitality, retail and sales organisations, and later as an independent recruitment consultant, he has personally screened more than 15,000 CV's, interviewed over 2600 people and employed 950 new starters. He is up to date with employment trends and current CV and social media expectations (including LinkedIn)

As a member of a small team, communication (both within the company, and appropriately with our customers) is a huge part of our success and we will ensure that your skills in this area are fully developed.

As part of the role, Health & Safety training will be covered, adding another employable skill.

We will work together to create a portfolio of the properties that you will work on during the placement and your involvement in the work completed in them, and overall, as part of your employment with us, that you can use to demonstrate the skills gained; gardening and in general employment.

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