Lead Horticulture Trainer

35 hours per week, Monday - Friday 


£26,750 - £29,500 pa depending on skills and experience + 5% pension

25 days annual leave per year pro rata (increasing by one day per year until you reach a maximum of 30)

Share Garden, Springfield Hospital, Glenburnie Road, London, SW17 7DJ

Closing date: Monday 18th January, 9am

Interview date: TBC

About us

At Share, we’re passionate about supporting disabled people to set their own goals for learning and life, and helping them to achieve their aspirations.  The majority of our students are people with learning disabilities and/or autism. We also work with people with long term mental health needs or physical disabilities. We offer a range of training, employment, personal development, and leisure opportunities, and our horticulture programme, set within a beautiful walled garden in Tooting, has been a popular project for over 20 years. As well as being a training project providing nationally recognised qualifications, we’re a social business, operating Share Nurseries, which sells plants and craft items and is set to grow over the next few years.

We’re entering an exciting phase in our development as we aim to modernise our training programmes, develop robust pathways into independent living and employment for our students, and cater more to the needs of people on the autism spectrum. 

The role

You will be responsible for leading, developing and delivering horticulture training to adults with learning disabilities and autism, ranging from entry level to level 2. You’ll lead on organising sessions and assessments, developing learning plans, carrying out risk assessments, fulfilling assessor responsibilities and ensuring that all training activities are linked to our social business, Share Nurseries. You’ll contribute to developing a strong work ethic within the garden, so that students are able to achieve their qualifications and develop their work related skills. Some students may be more interested in the therapeutic aspects of working in a garden so you’ll be flexible in your training approach, ensuring that you work therapeutically with them to build their confidence, develop social skills, make friends, and have new experiences. You’ll maintain student records, report on progress, develop training plans and oversee the preparation of portfolios for verification.  

Who we are looking for

If you’re passionate about developing people’s potential, love working outdoors, enjoy working in a team, have the resilience to work in an environment that can, at times, be unpredictable, and are qualified to teach and assess to Level 2 in Horticulture, we want to hear from you. If you’ve got a background in therapy as well as training, that would be an advantage.

Main responsibilities

  • To lead on and delivery Horticulture training in QCF approved qualifications including - Level 1 and 2 Work based Horticulture and NPTC Skills for Life Entry level qualifications to disabled adults, or those with long term health conditions, and those who have experienced mental health problems. 
  • To link the training outputs of the students into Share Nurseries, so that students have ongoing real work experience.
  • To assess new applicants for the training programme, develop individual learning plans with new students, to carry out risk assessments, and to provide health and safety guidance from the start.  This will involve working closely with colleagues on our Wellbeing Team.
  • To fulfil assessor responsibilities for all accredited training programmes. This may also include on-site assessments at work placements.
  • To develop and maintain training plans for delivery of all accredited programmes, leading and organising the team accordingly.
  • To support learning, encourage and supervise students in activities which will assist the development of skills and experience in horticulture.
  • To manage the preparation and presentation of portfolios for Internal and External Verification.
  • To maintain student records of progress using the Share management information system. Information to include training, qualification attainment, personal development, monitoring, progression and exit information.
  • To review and assess students in accordance with time scales agreed with your line manager - and prepare/complete and submit relevant reports - as required by internal management and external funding bodies.
  • To work closely with other members of both the garden team and colleagues at head office to ensure that students receive an all-round service that meets their needs.
  • To deputise for the Horticulture Project and Enterprise Manager in the event of their absence
  • To ensure adherence to all policies within Share with respect to students and junior staff on the project. To be responsible for the Health, Safety and Welfare at work for those students within the project.
  • To research, and keep up-to-date with any changes to the course/s in accordance with the awarding bodies.
  • To monitor and maintain occupational competency through training and development as required.
  • To attend and participate in staff meetings and any other meetings as required by the organisation. 
  • To undertake any other tasks that may be reasonably required by the organisation
  • Person Specification

Person specification

Please address each criteria set out below by providing examples of how you meet each criteria, on the application form. 

Educational Qualifications

  • CTLLS/DTLLS or equivalent teaching qualification
  • Proven occupational competence in Horticulture, qualified to Level 3 or above

Essential Experience

  • Experience of providing horticulture training leading to nationally recognised qualifications, developing individual learning plans and devising tutorials and learning materials appropriate to the needs of the student group, some of whom may face diverse barriers to learning.
  • Experience of leading, organising and contributing to the success of a small team.
  • Experience of assessing students’ work, building and developing portfolios, and submitting work for accreditation.
  • Experience of managing a busy and varied workload and the ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Experience of leading on safeguarding, and ensuring that work and study environments meet the highest standards in terms of student welfare and safeguarding.

Essential Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to deliver work-based training in a way that enthuses and motivates students who have barriers to learning, whilst maintaining exceptional levels of warmth and empathy.
  • The ability and willingness to drive, and possession a minibus licence would be an advantage.
  • Good written English and numeracy skills and the proven ability to compose high standard letters and reports.
  • Excellent organisational and IT skills, including the being able to manage day to day administration and keep the paperwork relating to students’ portfolio development up to date
  • Ability to use a coaching approach to bring out the best in your colleagues and students.

Essential Knowledge

  • Excellent plant knowledge – including the production of food crops.
  • A good grounding in the principles of horticultural therapy.
  • Knowledge of current best practice in the delivery and assessment of vocational qualifications.
  • Knowledge about autism and different aspects of learning disability.

Personal Qualities

  • A strong commitment to working with people from a wide range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds and to the inclusion of disabled people in all aspects of life, including employment.
  • Personal flexibility and resilience, and the ability to work in a way that is adaptable and focused on the needs of each individual student.
  • You’ll be someone in whom people trust, and you’ll inspire confidence in clients, carers, colleagues and others.
  • The ability to solve problems creatively and manage stressful situations.

Desirable Qualifications, Experience, Skills and Knowledge:

  • Assessor qualification (A1-A2)
  • Experience of working within a therapeutic environment, using horticulture as a tool to aid recovery and wellbeing.
  • Experience with IV and EV assessment practices.
  • Experience of supporting disabled adults to achieve training and qualification outcomes
  • Able to track and keep an updated CPD log
  • Knowledge of current developments in Horticulture
  • A qualification in horticultural therapy 
  • Clean current driving licence 

How to apply:

Please complete our application form and equal opportunities form and return both by Monday 18th January 2021 at 9am to hradmin@sharecommunity.org.uk.  

If you would like to have chat about the role before applying, please contact  HR on 0208 050 4162. We focus on ability and believe people work best when they feel valued, safe and happy. We do all that we can to make sure that Share is friendly and welcoming to everyone.

We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, who are currently under represented at this level within our organisation. 

Please read our privacy policy for job applicants to find out how we store data as part of our recruitment process. This job is subject to two satisfactory references, evidence of qualifications, an enhanced DBS check and providing evidence of right to work in the UK. If you have a disability and would like to discuss other ways of submitting your application, please contact us. 

We are very much looking forward to receiving your application.

Job details
Share Garden, Springfield Hospital, Glenburnie Road, London, SW17 7DJ
Closing date: 
Monday, January 18, 2021 - 09:00
£26,750 - £29,500 pa depending on skills and experience + 5% pension
Contract type: 
Working hours: 
35 per week, Monday - Friday
Reports to: 
Horticulture Project and Enterprise Manager
Contact email address: 
Contact telephone number: 
0208 050 4162