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February 21, 2018

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RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2018 highlights announced -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Mayor of London and L&Q to invest £500m in Barking Riverside -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Innovative new equipment from Sutcliffe Play -

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam to focus on separate ventures -

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Masterplanners appointed for Stonedale regeneration plan -

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Collectors Garden at RHS Malvern Spring Festival -

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Kubota UK launches new B Series compact tractors -

Monday, February 19, 2018

Registration opens for The Chelsea Fringe 2018 -

Monday, February 19, 2018

New directors appointed as Glendale announces restructure -

Monday, February 19, 2018

Alan Titchmarsh teams up with Beth Chatto Educational Trust for charity fundraiser -

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Cheltenham High Street improvements begin this summer -

Saturday, February 17, 2018

LDA Design to deliver a Big Town Plan for Shrewsbury -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Mayor’s £6m fund to boost green spaces & reduce plastic waste -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Get your hands dirty with an RHS apprenticeship -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Kubota UK launches new zero turn ride-on mower -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Piet Oudolf at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018 -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

RAF100 Centenary Garden seeks sponsors -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Show of resilience from invasives experts at industry conference -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Celebrating business success: The Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2017 -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Palmstead Nurseries launches new staff training academy -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Gristwood and Toms champions international accreditation programme

Gristwood and Toms

A pioneering international accreditation programme to standardise vocational training and assessment in the arboriculture industry across the world is being championed by the UK’s largest, specialist arboricultural company, Gristwood and Toms Ltd.

The pilot scheme, spearheaded by ABA International and UK vocational training specialists, A1 Arborists, enables chainsaw operators from around the globe to evidence their skills and qualifications to an internationally agreed standard. Arboricultural companies will be able to employ ABA certificated workers with confidence, knowing that the required operator skills and safety standards have been achieved.

To date, the scheme has gained the support of 22 countries, and hopefully, within the next year, countries like Japan and China will also sign up. National training manager for Gristwood and Toms, Nick Obern, has been deeply involved in the development and promotion of the standardised certification, alongside industry colleagues from across Europe. As verifier and assessor for City and Guilds, Nick has been an integral part of the technical team, drafting the new competency standards and quality assurance guidance.

Nick and his colleagues from the University of Copenhagen have also discussed the pressing challenge faced by many UK arboricultural companies at present, in the area of recruitment. To help tackle the shortage of qualified tree surgeons in the UK, G&T and the University of Copenhagen have jointly initiated a student transfer programme, with the first intake of three Danish students joining Gristwood and Toms in the UK for a three month period.

It was a ‘voyage of discovery’ on both parts, as this was the first time Gristwood and Toms had taken on college students from abroad. For a couple of the students, this was their first time visiting England, let alone working here.

Commenting on the transfer programme, Nick says: “The Danish students have worked extremely hard and learnt a lot from being here. The students from Denmark, are determined and very eager to learn; it is very refreshing for us to see the fresh energy and eagerness they bring with them into the workplace.”

Nick continues: “This is a rolling programme, and it will continue to grow. Many other Danish students have registered their interest in the scheme and will be joining Gristwood and Toms in the Spring of 2018, along with the previous three students who have asked to stay on.”

 

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