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Whether you’re at the beginning of your career journey, or looking to take a new direction from the path you’re currently on, ODS apprenticeship programmes are open to all. As an apprentice with us, you’ll do a real job - so you can gain essential workplace experience, continue learning, and earn a wage too!

apprentices are currently on apprenticeship programmes with ODS
different areas of our business have apprentices learning and working in their teams

Sharing our values

Many of our apprenticeships have no minimum entry requirements. We’re looking for apprentices who are willing to learn and share our values.

ODS has high standards when it comes to delivering services, so we would need you to be keen to learn, and take personal responsibility, as well as being self-motivated, enthusiastic, and flexible.

In return, we will offer you a generous benefits package and you’ll be welcomed into friendly and supportive teams that will help you put your new-found skills into practice!

Apprentice benefits

  • Competitive pay.

  • Early starts, so you start earning and learn about ODS before you begin to study.

  • Once your induction is complete, you’ll have paid time off until your course starts with just weekly check-ins with your manager.

  • Travel subsistence for buses.

  • 28 days leave a year raising to 32 after five years.

  • Excellent pension provision.

  • Apprentice network events.

  • Retail discounts.

  • Highly reduced gym membership.

Apprenticeship FAQs

Find the answers to some of our most commonly asked questions:

ODS wants to support applicants from all walks of life.

If a full time apprenticeship doesn’t work for you, or there may be barriers to you completing an apprenticeship, contact us to discuss your options. You can reach us by emailing or you can write to us at L&D Team, Oxford Direct Services, Marsh Road, Oxford, OX4 2HH

We are currently looking to recruit apprentices in:

Grounds Maintenance Level 2

The Grounds Maintenance Apprentice will learn to carry out all aspects of grounds maintenance in ODS Group Parks & Open Spaces in keeping with good horticultural practice, with a particular emphasis on quality of work. You will learn to use and maintain a full range of horticultural equipment.

Salary: £11,020 year 1, ranging to £12,918 year 2 (or National Minimum Wage for age group).

Entry requirements: no formal entry requirements.

Level 2 takes 24 months with Capel Manor College.