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Apprentice Tree Team (Arborist)

Employer: Oxford City Council

  • Reference: 001177
  • Published on: Thu 06/07/2017 15:00 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 23/07/2017 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time, Contract
  • Hours: 37 hours per week.
  • Salary: Starting salary £8,475 and up to £15,400 in year 2 depending on age
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Oxfordshire

The role

Oxford Direct Services has a great reputation for providing a range of high quality services through some fantastic staff who love working here. If you are keen to develop your career with us, we have an exciting opportunity to join our Apprentice programme, to develop your skills within our Parks and Open Spaces team.

You will be learning and developing a range of arboricultural skills, helping our teams to provide excellent customer service and to maximise commercial opportunities.

In addition, you will study for an NVQ Level 2 in Trees and Timber at Sparsholt College, Hampshire (see and we will provide full support to help you succeed.

Keen to learn and take personal responsibility, you will need to be self-motivated, enthusiastic, adaptable and flexible in your approach to the apprenticeship

In return, you will be part of a friendly and welcoming team who will help you to put your developing skills into practice.

About us

Oxford City Council prides itself on delivering high quality, cost effective public services. Oxford is a world class city and the Council has high aspirations for its services and employees. We are a multi award winning Council and in 2015 we secured Champion IiP status along with Overall IiP Employer of the Year 2015, demonstrating our commitment to our employees and their wellbeing. We also scooped the Association of Public Sector Excellence Council of the Year award in 2015 and the Municipal Journal Best Achieving Council prize in 2014.

With over 1,200 staff dedicated to delivering the best service possible to our communities now is a truly exciting time to be working in Local Government. We are all about going above and beyond to improve outcomes for local people, and you might be surprised at the range and quality of services we provide.

We offer a great range of benefits which include generous holiday from 28 days per year plus bank holidays, Local Government defined benefit pension scheme, subsidised leisure membership, discounted travel and the ability to work flexibly in many of our roles. We offer well defined opportunities through our learning and development programme. We also support our staff through the employee wellbeing programme with a range of services including resilience training, an employee assistance programme and support via our dedicated occupational health service.

How to apply

More information is available on the role profile document. Please read this document to ensure that you meet our requirements. More information about working for the Council, our values and vision, is available on our web site.

Applications should be made via our online application system (no CVs please).

For further information and how to apply online, please visit

If you are unable to access our website please call 01865 252848 or 07483 011151 for Direct Services roles.

Note: For roles that require a DBS Certificate (Enhanced and or Barred List check), candidates are required to supply their complete work history. Please ensure you explain any gaps in your work history.

Closing Date:

23 July 2017

Late applications will not be processed

Interview Date(s):

31 July 2017

For an informal discussion about the post please contact, Trevor Jackson on 01865 252363 or email

We want our workforce to reflect the diversity of the community we serve so we welcome applicants from all communities. As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for any vacancies.

Oxford City Council is not currently licensed as a sponsor and cannot employ migrant workers outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland under the Point Based System rules, issued by the UK Border Agency.

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