Apprentice Ground Worker - Sterling Services (Northern) - REF: KA019

Company overview:

Sterling began in 1985 as a family run business and has continued to grow year on year into one of the boroughs largest contractors.
We operate nationally, throughout the entire UK, for major blue chip retail and petrol chemical clients on jobs ranging from £10,000 - £1.5m in size.
There are three divisions to the business that, collectively, employ over 68 employees.
The ground works maintenance division has vacancies for up to two ground work apprentices who will be trained in:

  • Basic Civil Engineering
  • Asphalt and Macadam laying
  • Concrete products
  • Iron Works
  • Site levels
  • Block Paving / Flagging works
  • Drainage both surface and deep drainage
  • Bollards, Belisha Beacons and Lamppost installations
  • Ducting works

Key responsibilities for the role:

  • Must be able to complete an apprenticeship framework in Grounds Maintenance 3 years

Key skills to be successful in your application:

  • Working towards or achieved a full UK driving licence
  • Intelligent
  • Capable of working within and as part of a team
  • Capable of working away up to 4 nights per week
  • Physically fit and capable of manual labour
  • Content with working outdoors all year round
  • Self Motivated
  • Aspirational
  • Ambitious and driven
  • Pride in yourself, your looks, your demeanour and your works

Location: Sterling Main office, Knowsley
Contracted hours: 40 hours per week plus overtime
Hourly rate of pay: £8 - £9 per hour after one year apprentice salary
Closing date: Friday 7 May 2021

How to apply: 
1. Download and complete the application form 

2. Return it via email to

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