Lead Horticulture Trainer

Share Community
Share Garden, Springfield Hospital, Glenburnie Road, London, SW17 7DJ
£26,750.- £29,500 pa depending on skills and experience + 5% pension
Closing date
17 Jan 2021

Job Details

At Share, we’re passionate about supporting disabled people to set their own goals for learning and life, and helping them to achieve their aspirations. The majority of our students are people with learning disabilities and/or autism. We also work with people with long term mental health needs or physical disabilities. We offer a range of training, employment, personal development, and leisure opportunities, and our horticulture programme, set within a beautiful walled garden in Tooting, has been a popular project for over 20 years. As well as being a training project providing nationally recognised qualifications, we’re a social business, operating Share Nurseries, which sells plants and craft items and is set to grow over the next few years.

We’re entering an exciting phase in our development as we aim to modernise our training programmes, develop robust pathways into independent living and employment for our students, and cater more to the needs of people on the autism spectrum. 

The role

You will be responsible for leading, developing and delivering horticulture training to adults with learning disabilities and autism, ranging from entry level to level 2. You’ll lead on organising sessions and assessments, developing learning plans, carrying out risk assessments, fulfilling assessor responsibilities and ensuring that all training activities are linked to our social business, Share Nurseries. You’ll contribute to developing a strong work ethic within the garden, so that students are able to achieve their qualifications and develop their work related skills. Some students may be more interested in the therapeutic aspects of working in a garden so you’ll be flexible in your training approach, ensuring that you work therapeutically with them to build their confidence, develop social skills, make friends, and have new experiences. You’ll maintain student records, report on progress, develop training plans and oversee the preparation of portfolios for verification.  

Who we are looking for

If you’re passionate about developing people’s potential, love working outdoors, enjoy working in a team, have the resilience to work in an environment that can, at times, be unpredictable, and are qualified to teach and assess to Level 2 in Horticulture, we want to hear from you. If you’ve got a background in therapy as well as training, that would be an advantage.


Share works with disabled people who need extra help and support in order to achieve their potential and realise their dreams and aspirations. Share’s aim is to transform disabled people’s lives so that they live more independently and make choices about all aspects of their lives. We provide training and employment support for disabled adults, including those with learning disabilities, physical/sensory impairments, autism and mental health needs.

We are a medium-sized charity based in Wandsworth. We have 26 employees, 10 full time and 16 part time. Our head office is located a short walk from Clapham Junction station and our horticulture project is in Springfield Hospital, Tooting. Over the last 3 years, our annual staff survey has reported that 100% of staff are satsifed, happy or very happy in their employment with us. We've held the Investors in People Bronze accreditation since 2011, and the Positive About Disability accreditation. We are also working towards achieving our Autism Friendly status from the National Autistic Society.

As well as the chance of working with a friendly and committed staff and volunteer team, we offer...

  • 5 weeks paid holiday pro rata (plus pro rata public holidays), increasing by one day for each year of service to 6 weeks
  • Free Employee Assistance Programme
  • A contribution towards a pension scheme
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Flexible start and end times (if position allows)
  • Season ticket loan
  • Ongoing access to training and development opportunities
  • Annual appraisals and monthly supervisions

Who better to tell you what it’s like to work with us than our current employees…

“The thing I like best about working for Share is that I can see the difference I make every day.” 

"Share is the best place to work that I have come across."

“I get great job satisfaction when students achieve their goals/qualifications.”

“I like working with students to find out from them what it is they want to achieve from Share and/or life.”

"I think Share has been really brave over the last year and is building on its many successes. It's a difficult time in the social care sector and Share is making a positive change occur from this. It's very exciting."

“I love hearing feedback from social workers who have referred their students to us and thank us for a wonderful service.”

Contact Us
  • SW11 1JL
  • United Kingdom

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