Management Trainee Programme

Management Trainee Programme
Commencing in July 2017 this is a 2 year, in-house Programme which covers all areas of our business.   Upon successful completion of the Programme, it is anticipated that we shall be able to match trainees to suitable roles which would benefit from their particular strengths.
Wyevale Nurseries’ 3 growing divisions are all dedicated to their specialist field and comprise field & container grown trees, hedging & forestry transplants and container grown hardy stock supplying both the amenity and garden centre markets. 

The Programme is open to graduates of all degree disciplines, preferably relating to Horticulture & crop based Agriculture.


Management Trainee Programme
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The 2 year, in-house Programme will comprise a number of secondments to include –
• our Container, Trees and Transplants Production Divisions
• our Supply Chain Operations which includes both Garden Centre and Amenity Despatch, Goods Handling and Transport
• our Head Office departments
The Programme will be delivered through –
• on the job training
• attending plant identification training
• visiting other nurseries
• attending trade shows and conferences
• attending any external courses if required
• project work
• shadowing managers/supervisors
• covering holidays
• inducting new staff
• observing (and participating in) meetings

Trainee assessment & support:
Assessment will be through regular reviews assessing performance against agreed objectives.
Each trainee will meet with the Programme Co-ordinator – Steve Pandeli on a regular basis.  This will be to support the trainee and to conduct regular constructive reviews
By the end of this structured Programme you will have -
• Acquired a thorough understanding/insight of all parts of the business including production, supply chain, sales and head office support functions including finance
• Had the opportunity to lead teams and be assessed on your capability to lead, motivate and manage people
• Received constructive feedback on your development at regular intervals
• Attended relevant supporting courses and been given opportunities to help you with your development
• Learnt how to manage conflict and testing situations
• The ability to demonstrate a practical, hands-on approach to management and have the aptitude to work with and through others
What we are looking for from our potential Management Trainees.
You need -
• To have a positive, “can-do” attitude - to enjoy being challenged to come up with solutions to problems, new situations and people
• To be innovative using not only your ideas but also assessing and supporting others’ ideas – a lateral thinker
• To be responsible for your own learning and able to demonstrate a proactive attitude in learning opportunities
• To have a realistic understanding of the demands made working in the horticultural industry.  These include long hours at times, working outside in good and bad weather
• Career-minded, ambitious and flexible in your approach to learning and the opportunities presented to you

The Programme is open to graduates of all degree disciplines, preferably relating to Horticulture, crop based Agriculture and the Sciences, in particular Biology
Terms -
Management trainees will be paid a salary of between £16,500 to £18,200 p.a. depending on relevant skills, knowledge and experience to date

Current Management Trainee Chris King had this to say about the programme: ‘This programme provides a fantastic opportunity to gain an insight into all aspects of production at Wyevale Nurseries.’
While Kyle Ross, also a current Management Trainee, thinks that: ‘The Wyevale Nurseries’ programme has been the best possible start to my career in Horticulture.’

Ben Gregory, a former management trainee who is now our new product development manager: ‘The Management Trainee programme provided me with the skills and experience necessary to secure my first management role.’ 

Applicants should in the first instance, forward a copy of your current CV and covering letter describing why you are the ‘Right Candidate’ for the programme to


Chris King
Bsc Horticulture graduate from Writtle College. Year 1 trainee working on our main nursery collecting plants to fulfil trade orders.

Kyle Ross
Bsc Horticulture graduate from University of Worcester – Pershore College.  Year 1 trainee in front of 75l trees potted by a team on our container tree production unit.

Ben Gregory
Bsc Horticulture Graduate from University of Worcester – Pershore College.  Former Management Trainee currently New Product Development Manager in front of a display at a recent nursery customer open day.