Branch out into a new career!

KIRKLEES Parks and Open Spaces is extending its apprenticeship scheme and is looking for more green-fingered young people.

Thursday, 8th April 2010, 4:58 pm
Updated Wednesday, 14th April 2010, 1:18 pm

Another 10 will be recruited thanks to additional funding of 40,000 through the GreenSkills apprenticeship scheme run by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE).

They will work towards an NVQ level 2 qualification in Amenity Horticulture while at the same time receiving a training allowance of 95 for a 37-hour week.

The original scheme, run in association with the government’s Learning and Skills Council, was launched a year ago. There were 160 applications for 10 places.

The scheme, which aimed at providing apprentices with both a grounding in horticulture and a firm foundation from which to pursue a career in that area, has proved a huge success. It is one of the schemes shorltisted as possible contenders in the Yorkshire and Humber finals of this year’s national Apprenticeship Awards.

All the training is done through Bishop Burton College in Beverley, a specialist horticultural training college.

Parks and open spaces divisional manager Steve Taylor, who is in charge of the apprenticeship scheme, said: “The apprentices are going from strength to strength and our training is being widely recognised. We are featured alongside the Royal park of London for best practice for training opportunities on the CABE website.”

Mr Taylor has also been invited to be a guest speaker at the Royal Horticultural Show in Cardiff from today until Sunday.

Recruitment for the additional apprenticeships will start in May. Information will be posted on Kirklees Council’s website www.kirklees.gov.uk.