The Med Shed

Gardener

THE WORKING DAY

Your day begins at Hull Royal Infirmary with a 9am meeting to discuss today’s duties with the other grounds staff.

Together, you decide to cut back a large tree near the entrance of the tower block and you and a teammate are selected for the task. In the afternoon you’re on general maintenance duty, making sure the grounds are neat and tidy.

At 4pm, you meet with the team again, and discuss plans for a new mini garden which will be created near the Eye Hospital in Fountain Street. Your horticultural training means you can suggest attractive and relaxing features for the garden and help design a haven for patients and relatives. You finish at 5pm, ready to unwind after a busy day’s work.

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE ME?

You’re interested in gardening and enjoy working outdoors, even in bad weather. You’d like to work as part of a team and are physically fit and healthy.

WHAT'S NEXT?

Although GCSEs aren’t essential to work as a gardener, it’s a good idea to get some good basic qualifications. Then, you can apply for a job or apprenticeship and study part-time for a horticultural qualification, such as a Royal Horticultural Society award, certificate or diploma.

After GCSEs or A-Levels, you can apply for jobs and apprenticeships and study horticultural qualifications part-time while you’re working. For apprenticeship and trainee vacancies, visit NHS Jobs and Gov.uk Apprenticeships.