Lead Horticulture Trainer

Job details
Share Garden, Springfield Hospital, Glenburnie Road, London, SW17 7DJ
Closing date: 
Monday, November 8, 2021 - 16:45
£25,750 - £29,500 p.a. depending on skills and experience, plus 5% pension
Contract type: 
Working hours: 
35 hours per week, Monday - Friday
Reports to: 
Head of Training
Contact email address: 

Are you passionate about transforming lives through the power of gardening? We provide horticultural training and gardening therapy to adults with learning disabilities, helping them develop employability, build confidence, and improve their social skills.

We need an experienced horticulture trainer to lead the training programme at our beautiful garden oasis in Tooting. It’s a brilliant time to join the team as we plan to grow and develop our training programmes, evolving to make sure our students enjoy greater independence and the chance to move closer to employment.

Main responsibilities

  • You’ll lead, develop, and deliver horticulture training to disabled adults ranging from entry level to level 2
  • You’ll champion a strong work ethic in the garden, helping students achieve their qualifications and develop work-related skills, linking closely with our on-site social enterprise Share Nurseries, which grows and sells plants to the public
  • You’ll maintain student records, oversee the preparation of student portfolios for verification, and report on progress

Share is a registered charity and a centre for training and wellbeing. We provide a range of programmes helping adults with learning disabilities, autism and other support needs live more independently. Our vision is a world where disabled people are fully included in society, living the life they choose, and we need talented people to help us make that happen.

Who we're looking for

  • You have CTLLS/DTLLS or an equivalent teaching qualification, proven occupational competence in horticulture, and you’re qualified to Level 3
  • You have first-rate interpersonal skills, you’re able to communicate and relate to people from all backgrounds
  • You’ve delivered horticulture training, and you’ve successfully organised and led a small team before
  • You can enthuse and motivate people who may at times find learning challenging, with your patience, empathy, and understanding of autism and learning disabilities
  • Most importantly, you’re committed to the inclusion of disabled people in all aspects of life

A qualification in horticulture therapy would be an advantage, but a strong interest and passion for the healing power of plants is a must.

Click here for a full job description and person specification.

Why work for us?

Share is committed to empowering disabled people. You’ll make a difference every day, helping people to live as independently as possible.

Our values drive us forward. They provide the framework for everything we do, including who we hire. We believe everyone has something to offer others, and we build on people's individual talents, interests, and abilities. We think happy employees are successful employees.

We won employer of the year at the Wandsworth Business Awards in 2019 and we hold gold Investors in People accreditation. This means we truly understand the value of people: we focus on what people can do, not what holds them back. And we have robust policies in place so that every single person working at Share takes ownership for making our programmes come to life.

We’ve been praised for our thorough induction process and supportive working environment where everyone has a voice and is valued. You’ll be surrounded by people who support you, challenge you, and inspire you.

Full list of the benefits when working for Share.

How to apply

We positively welcome applications from all parts of the community and from people with diverse cultural backgrounds and lived experience. 

Please complete our application form and equal opportunities form (also available to download at the bottom of this page).

Share Job Application Form_7.doc

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form_20.doc

Please return both by Monday 8th November 2021 to hradmin@sharecommunity.org.uk

If you would like to have chat about the role or visit us prior to applying, please contact Valentino Ferro on valentinof@sharecommunity.org.uk or on 0207 801 9829. 

This job is subject to two satisfactory references, evidence of qualifications, an enhanced DBS check and providing evidence of the right to work in the UK. If you are disabled and would like to discuss other ways of submitting your application, please call Valentino on 0207 801 9829.

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We look forward to receiving your application.

Downloadable forms
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Equal opportunities form: 
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