Plant Your Own Apprentice
Apprenticeships are the proven way to grow and develop the workforce. Apprenticeships have already contributed to the effectiveness, productivity and competiveness of our business. With over 70 sites across the country, we are ideally placed to tap into the local community and invest in the employment of young people hence our ‘plant your own apprentice scheme’.
We currently partner with local colleges and training providers such as SLIC across the country. Our partners work very closely with us and ensure that our apprenticeships serve the future needs of the business and work towards our aim to bridge the skills gap within the industry. The end result of which is the delivery of a high quality training programme for young people.
Trainees of all types are given a clear development plan when working within the business, this ensures that the individual remains motivated and committed and we fulfil our obligation to the trainee in respect of clarity of career path and the development they will receive. The trainee's progress is then regularly reviewed and any issues dealt with at the review in order to avoid longer term manifestation. This is key because it enables us to change direction should the development plan not be progressing down the route that was initially desired.
Trainees are progressed onto obtaining industry accreditations when through the regular review process, both parties are happy for the next stage of investment to begin. This inevitably increases motivation and commitment to the Company which are both proven to increase retention. This outline approach to support and development has worked successfully for us and has led to increased opportunities for young people to start apprenticeships with The Landscape Group each year.
Last year, two of our apprentices achieved recognition for their achievements. Luke Hunter, a horticultural apprentice based at our Sefton Contract, made it through the first stages of last year’s Apprenticeship Awards to the regional judging panel in the ‘Apprentice Champion’ category. Luke was unsuccessful at Regional stage, but making it to the panel was a fantastic achievement and testament to the hard work and progress made by Luke throughout his apprenticeship with The Landscape Group.
Luke was also part of the apprentice team that built our first ‘apprenticeship garden’ at the famous Southport Flower Show in August 2013, for which they gained a Silver Award.
Matthew Bryant, a horticultural apprentice based at our Bristol contract also achieved success by making it to the final shortlist in the Green-Tech Horticultural Apprentice of the Year competition, run by Horticulture Week. http://www.hortweek.com/Landscape/article/1221815/shortlisted-candidate-number-10-matthew-bryant/
We’ve also worked with environmental and community regeneration charity, Groundwork South, to form an innovative partnership approach providing real work experience for Groundwork’s apprentice Green Teams. So far, the Green Teams have been working alongside our professional teams on our contracts with Mendip District Council and Bristol City Council. This has been a great success, especially on an individual level for young people like Harry, who shares his experience in this video.
This year’s apprentices are studying a more diverse range of specialisms than ever before. Throughout the UK, we have apprentices studying Horticulture, Trees and Timber, Land Based Engineering Operations and Human Resources. Our latest apprentices are as keen as ever and making their mark as valued members of their teams.