The Professional Gardeners’ Guild Traineeship

How to apply – 2015

Applications for this coming September need to be made NOW, closing date is the 5th May for 2015. Interviews on Friday 5th June 2015 in London. Starting date Tuesday 1st September 2015. For more details, or to apply, please write with full details of your career to date to:

Marian Friend (PGG)
c/o Waddesdon Manor
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP18 OJH

Telephone 01296 653325

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PGG Traineeship

The PGG provides successful candidates to its Traineeship Scheme with the opportunity to gain ‘hands on’ practical experience, working as part of the team of three major gardens throughout the country.

A year of practical gardening experience

Trainees will spend a year in each garden, developing practical experience in a wide ange of areas. In-house training focuses on plantsmanship, pruning, garden equipment, seasonal planting schemes and glasshouse skills. Complimentary training will be provided where appropriate by local colleges; this may include the safe use and application of pesticides and herbicides, tractor driving and other craft development skills.

Unlike other similar schemes, the PGG Traineeship scheme endeavours to place trainees in a suitable position through the employment liaison officer. Trainees who have completed the scheme have all found challenging jobs; the experience and skills gained whilst on the Traineeship have contributed to their success.

Top gardens around the UK

Participating gardens include Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, The Garden House in Devon, Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, Chatsworth in Derbyshire, Ashridge in Hertfordshire and the National Botanic Garden of Wales.


All trainees while on the three year scheme receive at least minimum wage with accommodation to rent. Applicants therefore must have previous experience working under a professional gardener for at least six months to one year. RHS or other college qualifications will be an added advantage.

Hurry! Deadline 5th May 2015

Applications for this coming September need to be made NOW, closing date is the 5th May for this year, 2015. Interviews on Friday 5th June 2015.

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