WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?

The Landscape Group are committed to offering our employees the best possible training and personal development to help them succeed in their chosen career path.

This is achieved through a number of methods, some of which are listed below:

  • Induction Training – health and safety, customer care, use of machinery and vehicles, environmental awareness, company and client procedures
  • Annual personal reviews
  • Personal and Contract Training Targets
  • Demonstrable track record of up-skilling across the business and all types of job roles
  • Training and development initiatives such as  “Plant your own Apprentice”
  • Management Training Programme for emerging, new and existing managers
  • IOSH / NEBOSH qualifications
  • NVQ Level 4/5 Management
  • Support towards the attainment of professional qualification such as CIPD, CIPS

The following support will be specifically provided for graduates:

  • Dedicated mentor – chosen specifically for each graduate in order to enhance their experience on the scheme and supplement their development
  • Graduate co-ordinator for the scheme who will run the programme and efficiently resolve any queries or problems
  • Monthly 121 / reviews with your line manager
  • Full access to internal training and specific/tailored external training interventions
  • A tailored development plan which is created in the second quarter of the programme and is designed to lay the foundations for the first post programme role within the business

PREVIOUS GRADUATE ENTRANTS

Richard’s Experience

Richard Stiles joined The Landscape Group’s Business Development department in July 2011 in the role of Graduate Tenders Manager. Richard had recently gained a first class degree in Geography from the University of Birmingham, with a special interest in urban regeneration, alongside other urban geography and ecology modules. Richard joined the programme through one of the two routes to entry available, the Direct Entry route. Other entrants to the Greener Graduates programme can opt to join through the Placement entry, which is more operationally focussed. Richard talks about his experience of the graduate placement below:

What appealed to you about The Landscape Group when you joined?

The Landscape Group is a highly respected company with an impressive portfolio of projects across the country, many of which I was already familiar with. The scheme offered great training opportunities and the prospect of helping to shape the future of the business through a series of business critical placements.

Have you applied what you learned at University to the role?

Whilst the course I took at University wasn’t specific to horticulture, it has been the skills gained over the three year course that have been essential to my role at The Landscape Group. Working in a fast paced environment required all these skills to be quickly transferred, utilised and built upon further in order to succeed in the new environment.

What parts of your job do you enjoy the most?

Being able to have an almost immediate impact on the business development of the company has been both challenging and highly rewarding. Having the opportunity to undertake placements on different contracts has given fantastic opportunities to see the business from all angles, gain new skills sets and meet some great people.

What parts of the job have you found hardest or most challenging?

The transition from student to working life is always a difficult process, however working within this close-knit team ensured strong and continued support that enabled a really smooth transition.

What parts of the programme have stood out for you?

The opportunity to undertake extended operational work placements on both our Eastbourne and Hastings contracts has particularly stood out for me; not only does this ensure I fully understand the business from the ground level, but also offers me the chance to use everything I have learnt in business development to help the business operationally.

Do you think that the programme has improved your career prospects?

The programme has definitely improved my career prospects for a number of reasons – it has helped me firstly in the vital transition from student to working life; it has invested in my future through a series of training courses from advanced Excel and MapInfo GIS, to IOSH Managing Safely and Asta Site Control; it has helped me build upon all the skills gained at University, and most importantly learn to apply these to business situations.

Richard completed his Graduate Programme in July 2012 and now works as Business Development Manager within the Business Development team.

Tom’s Experience

Tom joined The Landscape Group having gained his Masters Degree in Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. Tom had been working in the construction industry throughout his time as a student and during work placements. The Landscape Group offered Tom a structured training programme to build upon his existing experience and develop his management skills. Tom talks about his experience of the graduate placement below:

What appealed to you about The Landscape Group when you joined?

The prospect of gaining invaluable experience with a large scale commercial company, and the opportunity to work on a prestigious construction project such as the Olympic Athletes Village really appealed to me. It offered me not only the opportunity to work as an engineer but also to be trained in other disciplines over the duration of the programme.

Have you applied what you learned at University to the role?

As drawings and specifications become more scientific and detailed, the skills I have learned during my studies have certainly helped as I have progressed; I use that technical knowledge in my day-to-day role as an engineer and manager.

What parts of your job do you enjoy the most?

When we deliver a project where both ourselves and our client are genuinely happy with the finished product; the feeling of achievement and satisfaction makes all the hard work worthwhile.

What parts of the job have you found hardest or most challenging?

Motivating the workforce and meeting tight budget demands are difficult, however there are always support functions at hand to help when these situations do happen.

What parts of the programme have stood out for you?

I’ve enjoyed the all-round experience of the programme, from the site based tasks and problems faced, to the training and time spent in head office learning the other disciplines in the company (for example business development, finance, and QHSE departments).

Do you think that the programme has improved your career prospects?

I have become multi-skilled in different disciplines of construction during my time on the programme. Not only do I carry out my engineering duty, which of course is an integral role, but I also find myself monitoring budgets, reviewing design issues, dealing with client representatives and composing/managing programmes of work. In picking up these valuable attributes my career prospects have gone from strength to strength.

Tom completed his Graduate Programme in July 2012 and now works as a Site Engineer within the East London Area team.