Horticulture / Garden Centre Assistant - Vocational Skills Instructor

  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Profession: Non-Clinical roles
  • Location: Northampton
  • Salary: £17,750 - £22,000

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Garden Centre Assistant - Vocational Skills Instructor


Career Level A

Salary - £17,750 - £22,000

Workbridge offers a vocational pathway for people with mental illness, learning disabilities, ASD and brain injuries, in which they can gain skills and build confidence.  We offer a unique environment, allowing our service users to develop their skills in a supported setting that is open to the public.  Our service users learn work and life skills that are not only meaningful, but also essential to the day-to-day running of Workbridge.

 A bit about the role

 We are looking for a highly motivated individual to complete our small team of instructors.  The role of a Vocational Skills Instructor - Garden Centre (VSI) is to support service users in undertaking all aspects of plant nursery and garden centre tasks, whilst ensuring service users achieve their individual goals and gain transferable skills in a real life work environment.  The VSI works as part of a wider team of colleagues and service users to grow and care for stock, and sell it to customers in our garden centre. The VSI supports the achievement of service user goals through positive role modelling and working alongside service users, whilst focusing on the needs of the department at all times.

 Key responsibilities include:

  • Supporting service users to achieve their goals through the delivery of meaningful activity, graded to the ability of the service user, that also meets the needs of the garden centre and its customers.
  • Contributing to the achievement of set income targets by:
    • growing and caring for plant stock as instructed
    • carrying out garden centre opening and closing tasks, customer transactions and cashing up procedures
    • creating and maintaining engaging and fully stocked sales displays
    • encouraging repeat custom through the delivery of effective customer service, providing advice, assisting customers and exceeding their expectations whenever possible
  • Contributing to the ongoing assessment of service user progress by liaising with colleagues, referrers and care teams and through the daily writing of notes and regular formal reviews.
  • Promoting independence, self-esteem, trust and teamwork for our service users through positive role modelling and encouragement.
  • Collaborating with colleagues from across the Charity to support service users’ needs and to develop products that enhance our customer offering.

 Who are we looking for?

We are hoping to hear from people with a passion for horticulture, excellent communication skills and a desire to support the development and progress of others.  The role will suit someone who likes to work outdoors and enjoys variety in their working day.  The ability to work one in five weekends is essential, as is the ability to work autonomously or as part of a team.

Sunday 15th September 2019.