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Current Vacancies

Please see the listing below for details of our current vacancies.


MATTERSEY DONCASTER - Animal Care technician - Animal Hotel

Main duties to include: Ensuring animals are kept clean, including cleaning pens, trays, fields, bowls and utensils, and cleaning of office and reception and walkways. Feeding, walking, handling and safe moving, monitoring behaviour and condition, grooming, shampooing and drying animal. Basic office and admin duties, dealing with clients on reception. 

You must be comfortable in a remote setting. Due to the location, you need to be able to get to and from the Animal Hotel.

Duration : 20 weeks  

Bursary £7.00 per day

For details of traineeships, please click on the Traineeship link above

To apply or for further information, please contact Charlotte Browne on 01332 794910         



You can view the full details of these vacancies by clicking on the link to the right of the vacancy title.

To apply for any of these vacancies, you will need to register with the National Apprenticeship website.

 Please contact Sue Kelly on 01332 794910 for further details

BUXTON - Agriculture Apprentice                         

NOTTINGHAM - Horticulture/Sports Turf Apprentice

LEICESTER - Horticulture Apprentice                   

DERBY - Horticulture Sports Turf Apprentice      

ROTHERHAM - Animal Care Apprentice                        

LOUGHBOROUGH -  Animal Care Apprentice       

ASHBOURNE - Horticulture Apprentice                

MICKLEOVER - Horticulture Apprentice                                     

NEW MILLS HIGH PEAK - Horticulture Apprentice


RIPLEY DERBYSHIRE - Horticulture Apprentice           - details to follow shortly


Animal care apprentice (Kennel Hand) Hours of work Monday to Friday 8am - 4pm (1 hour lunchbreak). Driving licence and own transport required. Must be confident in dealing with all aspects of dog care. If you would like more information please contact the Business Development Team at DART on 01332 794910


(Kennels) Driving licence and transport required due to location. If you would like further information regarding this vacancy please contact the Business Development Team at DART on 01332 794910

BAKEWELL DERBYSHIRE - Agriculture Apprentice 

Agriculture Apprentice (Dairy Farm) experience of dairy farming preferred. If you would like more information regarding this vacancy please contact the Business Development Team at DART on 01332 794910

BAKEWELL DERBYSHIRE - Agriculture Apprentice

Agriculture Apprentice (Dairy Farm). If you would like more information regarding this vacancy please contact the Business Development Team at DART on 01332 794910

TUGBY LEICESTERSHIRE- Agriculture Apprentice

Agriculture apprentice required to work on a Dairy Farm in Tugby, Leicestershire. Experience required of dairy farming and tractor driving. For more information relating to this vacancy, please contact the Business Development team at DART on 01332 794910

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Courses Coming Up

NPTC Course Name Training Dates Assessment Dates Price per Person
January 2016      

CS38 Tree Climbing & Aerial Rescue

11th, 12th, 13th & 14th Jan

19th or 20th Jan


CS39 Chainsaw from Rope & Harness

15th & 18th Jan 19th or 20th Jan £440
CS38 & CS39 Combined

11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 18th Jan

19th or 20th Jan £895

Pesticides PA1

12th Jan 12th Jan £150

Pesticides PA6

13th Jan 14th Jan £300

PA1 & PA6 Combined 

12th & 13th Jan 12th & 14th Jan £395

CS30 Chainsaw Maintenance & Crosscutting

19th & 20th Jan 25th or 26th Jan £385

CS31 Chainsaw - Felling Small Trees

21st & 22nd Jan 25th or 26th Jan £345

CS30 & CS31 Combined

19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd Jan 25th or 26th Jan £714

Asbestos Awareness

28th Jan    

28th Jan      FREE

Grandfather Rights - Unit 051 + 053

29th Jan 1st & 2nd Feb £300
ROLO (BALI) Heath & Safety 29th Jan 29th Jan £100

February 2016

CS38 Tree Climbing & Aerial Rescue

8th, 9th, 10th & 11th Feb

16th or 17th Feb


CS39 Chainsaw from Rope & Harness

12th & 15th Feb 16th or 17th Feb £440
CS38 & CS39 Combined

8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 15th Feb

16th or 17th Feb £895

Pesticides PA1

9th Feb 9th Feb £150

Pesticides PA6

10th Feb 11th Feb £300
PA1 & PA6 Combined  9th & 10th Feb

9th & 11th Feb


Pest Control - Rats & Mice 15th & 16th Feb

17th & 18th Feb


CS30 Chainsaw Maintenance & Crosscutting

23rd & 24th Feb 29th Feb or 1st March £385

CS31 Chainsaw - Felling Small Trees

25th & 26th Feb 29th Feb or 1st March £345
CS30 & CS31 Combined

23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th Feb

29th Feb or 1st March £714

Pesticides PA1

23rd Feb 23rd Feb £150

Pesticides PA6

24th Feb 25th Feb £300

PA1 & PA6 Combined 

23rd & 24th Feb

23rd & 25th Feb



23rd Feb

1st & 2nd March


PA2 24th Feb 3rd & 4th March


ROLO (BALI) Heath & Safety

25th Feb 25th Feb £100

Grandfather Rights - Unit 051 & 053

26th Feb

29th Feb or 1st March



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As of 1 October 2015 the Apprenticeship Minimum Wage will be £3.30 an hour. This hourly rate is for the first year of the Apprenticeship, after which it should be increased to the National Minimum Wage according to the Apprentice’s age. Under 18 - £3.87 18-20 - £5.30 21 and over - £6.70 Please contact the DART Office if you have any queries on this matter. Read More...

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Commitment and drive have certainly paid off for DART learner Laura Whitton. Laura began on a DART Traineeship in December 2014. Her programme aims were to gain hands on experience on a professional equestrian yard. Laura continued her vocational training by progressing onto a Study Programme, working towards a Work Based Learning Level 1 Horse care qualification. Laura has proven herself to be determined and willing, gaining in skills and confidence. Jane and Emily Portas, proprietors of Wingerworth Equestrian Services, are so impressed with Laura’s drive and commitment they have offered Laura an apprenticeship opportunity which she has happily accepted! Laura says: “ Being on a professional yard has taught me good customer service and how to work with competition horses and young stock. I have been supported well by Jane, Emily and DART and am looking forward to starting my apprenticeship.” Read More...

Apprentices to Business owners!

Many young people dream of running their own business, but it can often take many years before they’re in a position to take the plunge and go it alone. That’s not the case for former DART Training learners Josh and Sam Weedon from Eastwood, who at 23 and 20 years old respectively, are already running their own successful tree surgery and garden maintenance business.Read More...

Another successful DART learner!

Alex Roberts from Alfreton, Derbyshire went to college to study Travel and Tourism. However, when he saw a job close to home on the National Apprenticeship website that meant he could combine his studying with a job earning money, Alex decided to apply. The bonus was that the apprenticeship was at a golf club. This suited him too, as he had always had a love of sport. Now, only four years on from that decision, Alex has become Head Greenkeeper at Shirland Golf Club, Alfreton having completed both an apprenticeship (Level 2) and an advanced apprenticeship (Level 3) in Horticulture/Sports Turf with DART training. Read More...

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Next Event Dates

DART will be attending the following school career events ...

  • 04/02/16  Burton Albion FC Pirelli Stadium, East Staffs Careers Exploration Event (Years 10-13)

    04/02/16  Thomas Alleyne's High School, Future Intentions Careers Fair (Years 9-13)

    03/03/16  The Nottingham Emmanuel School, Careers and Employability Fair (Years 9-13)

    07/03/16  Lutterworth College, Apprenticeship Recruitment and Information Evening

    17/03/16  City Hall Leicester, Apprenticeship Event

    Come and say hello!