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The Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust has an exciting opportunity available for a Modern Apprentice in horticulture at Achamore Gardens.

Much loved by both Island residents and visitors, Achamore Gardens are internationally renowned for the Rhododendron Collection and extensive gardens developed by Sir James Horlick in the middle of last century. Following many years of decline, Achamore is now undergoing a major, multi-year restoration project. As our apprentice you will be involved in every aspect of the restoration whilst learning all the skills necessary to work in a historic garden setting. You will be involved in plant propagation and care, learn about practical garden maintenance, develop skills in curating a historic garden, and gain industry recognised certification in pesticide use, chainsaw operations and first aid.

The Trust has partnered with Argyll College UHI (University of the Highlands and Islands) to deliver a 24-month Horticulture Modern Apprenticeship programme. As well as undertaking practical training you will be expected to achieve a level 5 SVQ in Horticulture and, depending on your progress, go on to achieve a level 6 SVQ in your second year. Throughout your training you will receive support, help and advice from both the Gardens staff and your assessor at Argyll College UHI. Full details of the programme is available at:   

If you are interested in gardening and plants, are hardworking, committed, and enthusiastic and happy to work outdoors in all weathers we would like to hear from you. In return for your hard work we offer a full time, paid apprenticeship with full training which could set you up for a lifetime’s career in horticulture. Please send us your CV along with a max 200-word letter letting us know why you are interested in the job and what makes you our ideal candidate. 

Please find the full job description and person specification here.

Applications should be made by 5pm on Friday 25th September 2020 by:



Post: Jane Millar

Business Development Manager

Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust Office

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