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Grounds Maintenance Apprentice - London Stansted Airport

Date: 05-Aug-2022

Location: London Stansted Airport, GB

Company: MAG

  • Function: Assets / External Engineering
  • Contract: Full Time, 2-year Fixed Term (opportunity for a permanent contract, upon successful completion of apprenticeship)
  • Location: Based at London Stansted Airport
  • Apprentice Salary: £14,000
  • Post-Apprenticeship Starting Salary: c.£23,000



About the opportunity

London Stansted Airport is seeking a Grounds Maintenance Apprentice, who will develop into a knowledgeable, fully-fledge Grounds Maintenance Operative (post-qualification). The individual will support maintenance of the landscaped infrastructure, carrying out landscape maintenance to the highest standard and observing best horticultural practices. As such, you will ensure the green estate around the Airport is maintained and scheduled maintenance programmes as directed. Work is generally based outside and undertaken throughout the year, so apprentices will need to work in all weathers. This is a ‘hands-on’ role covering a range of practical tasks, with specialist skills being learnt through progression. 


Typically, our apprentices attend College one day per week during term-time and work for their employer 4 days per week. During your college day you will develop your underpinning knowledge and then your learning will continue with on-the-job training in the workplace, with regular support visits from your Training Officer. The level 2 Apprenticeship takes around 20 - 24 months to complete; however, the timescale is flexible and will depend on the successful candidate’s prior experience. 


During the course of your two-year apprenticeship, you will attend Writtle University College - one day a week to learn about: 

  • Business (inc. policies, visions, values and commercial pressures);
  • Communication (inc. the importance of clear communication, different mediums of communication and their use);
  • Health & Safety (inc. regulation, legislation, policy, procedure and the responsibility of employees);
  • Environment (inc. waste and waste reduction, environmental best practice and prevention and control of local pollution incidents);
  • Plant growth (inc. how to control vegetation, nutrition and plant requirements, the principles of germination and why, when and how to cultivate soils for differing purposes);

And more… 



Formal and informal training over the two years will incorporate:

  • Safe Handling & Application of Pesticides Certification (PA1);
  • Handheld Applicators on Land Certification (PA6A);
  • Chainsaw Maintenance and Crosscutting (CS30);
  • Felling small trees (CS31);
  • Operating tractors with auxiliary equipment such as Toppers; and
  • Operating powered grounds maintenance machinery.



Who we're looking for

  • We are looking for a passionate, personable and knowledgeable person who is happy to work as part of a team or on their own;
  • You will have a high energy and can-do attitude;
  • We would also expect you to have strong organisational and interpersonal skills, as this will support your success at MAG;
  • You must be able to deliver on time, and to the highest standard;
  • Airside driving is a key part of the role; therefore, you will need a Full UK Driving License to apply for this apprenticeship;
  • Finally, you'll have resided in the UK for the last three years, this is so we're able to obtain the applicable security clearances on your behalf.

If you can bring the drive, personality and desire, we will give you the support, skills and tools that you need to be successful



What we're offering

  • Free on-site parking whilst on duty
  • Free Airport parking when you go on holiday (subject to availability and pre-booking)
  • Access to “Benefits me – My MAG rewards” portal with discounts and savings
  • 24hour Employee Assistance Programme
  • MAG Pension scheme which doubles your contribution
  • Discounts on public travel to work, up to 80% on selected lines
  • Discounts on MAG products such as Escape Lounges and holiday parking at our airports



Equal Opportunities

We empower people to be themselves within an inclusive and supportive environment, enabling everyone to achieve their full potential in line with their abilities and career aspirations. We want to help every candidate to perform at their best throughout the job application and interview process as well as providing ongoing support when they join us. Please let us know if you need us to make any reasonable adjustments to make your application journey as smooth as possible.



Corporate Social Responsibility (Click to here read our 2020/21 CSR report)

Our airports are rooted in the communities that they serve. As we look to the future, we want to make sure the benefits of a thriving airport are shared so we can bring prosperity to local people, local businesses, and regional economies. Our diverse programme of work spans three strategic priorities: Zero Carbon Airports; Opportunity for All; and Local Voices.