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New enquiries: 0800 030 9114

Existing customers: 01438 717175


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Grounds Maintenance Apprenticeships

As a Top 100 Apprentice Employer, John O’Conner is proud to provide a wide range of opportunities for those looking to start or move to a career in Grounds Maintenance. If you are looking for experience with a view to future employment in the horticulture industry, our apprenticeship schemes may be the ideal route for you.

We work with local colleges across the UK to provide Apprenticeships in Amenity Horticulture. During your apprenticeship with us, candidates will gain a qualification in Amenity Horticulture as well as practical experience gained working alongside highly trained grounds maintenance personnel. You will learn a range of skills that will help you to develop your career in a friendly and supportive environment.

Thanks to the recently-introduced apprenticeship levy, we will soon be able to offer a new standard-setting apprenticeship available at two levels: Supervisor and Operative. This will look to cover arboriculture, forestry, horticulture and landscaping. We will also look to offer a Vehicle and Plant Mechanic Apprenticeship and further Business Administration Apprenticeships.

If you’re interested in our apprenticeship schemes and would like more information on the opportunities available near you, simply get in touch with us and enquire. We are always happy to help.

Amenity Horticulture Apprenticeship

John O’Conner are pleased to offer a number of 18-24 month Amenity Horticulture Apprenticeships based at various depots throughout Herts, Beds and Bucks.  It’s an ideal way to begin a career in horticulture and open space management. As an Amenity Horticulture Apprentice, you will work on the contract and get paid while you complete your education.  The programme is run in conjunction with our chosen training provider, Capel Manor College.

We run separate Apprenticeship schemes for other areas throughout the UK in association with their local colleges.  If you live outside Herts, Beds and Bucks please enquire directly to John O’Conner Head Office 0800 030 9114 regarding other vacancies or email

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The Hawkhills, Yorkshire

The Hawkhills is sited in that part of the Vale of York which became known as the Forest of Galtres, a Royal Forest from the days of the earliest Norman kings of England.

The site has recorded history dating back to 1630, where the Temple Newsham papers record the plan for clearing the Forest of Galtres, when the King decided on felling the forest.

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