June 24, 2017

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‘Customers put price first’, according to new tradespeople study -

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Well-known BBC gardener Bob Flowerdew to present talk on scented plants at Bishampton and District Gardening Club -

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Action needed on consistently poor planting rates -

Friday, June 23, 2017

ITV’S ‘Love your Garden’ features Addagrip’s Addaset resin bound surfacing for war veterans garden in Plymouth -

Friday, June 23, 2017

Fullers Mill Garden awarded Visit England Quality Rose Marque -

Friday, June 23, 2017

Large or small, Victorian or traditional, Griffin Glasshouses has it all -

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Land Trust acquires new sites to protect and enhance valuable community green space across the UK -

Friday, June 23, 2017

Peak’s quirky cows hit the heights -

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Public urged to nominate community groups for national awards -

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Wyevale Nurseries scoops six awards at HTA Show -

Thursday, June 22, 2017

New Scape paves the way with porcelain exterior tiling -

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Rolawn hit the mark at Gardeners’ World Live -

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Show Garden success for St Albans based company at BBC Gardeners’ World Live -

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Rare hazel dormice reintroduced into a Warwickshire woodland -

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Experience the mystery and romance of Galica’s ‘Pazo’ Gardens at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show -

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Landscape Watering Systems looks at how effective irrigation systems, technology and practice provide a major contribution to water conservation -

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

GoLandscape’s ‘Watch this Space’ build begins at Hampton Court -

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Bradstone supports MS Society Garden at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2017 -

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Wyevale Nurseries launch 2018 promotional catalogue -

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Bernard Tickner awarded MBE in Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours -

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Oldham Council and Oldham College launch ground breaking horticultural apprenticeship scheme

Oldham Council and Oldham College are launching a ground breaking apprenticeship scheme which has its roots firmly in the borough.

This week the first seven Intermediate Apprentices signed up to a Level 2 Diploma in Horticultural Certificate at the College – the first qualification of its kind run in the borough for decades.

A further 10 trainees and 13 advanced apprenticeships will enrol in May.

The scheme is the result of co-operative working between staff in the council’s environmental management team and Oldham College.

The seed for the course was first planted nearly a year ago when college staff approached the council regarding the grounds maintenance of the Rochdale Road campus and potential landscape developments.

Staff at both organisations decided they could work together and provide opportunities within the borough rather than having locals travelling elsewhere to look for opportunities.

Councillor Shoab Akhtar, cabinet member for employment and skills, said: “Our Environmental Management team has a proven track record of training employees and the wider community.

“Thanks to apprenticeship schemes and the talent that comes from them, we already have a fantastic national reputation and some of the best public parks in Britain, including Alexandra Park, which year on year secures Green Flag status.

“Over the last 15 years we’ve engaged with out of town providers to deliver the training but we have always had the vision that this could be delivered within the borough for Oldham Council staff and residents.

“Thanks to our partnership with Oldham College this has now come to fruition. We now want to build on that and create a learning offer for people across the region – ensuring Oldham is at the heart of learning and education within the sector. This not only provides a superb educational opportunity but also brings with it an economic benefit to the town.

Debra Woodruff, deputy principal at Oldham College said: “We are delighted to be working closely with Oldham Council to introduce a Horticulture Apprenticeship programme in Oldham.

“A local offer of this kind is long overdue and we look forward to being able to deliver this in the first class surroundings that Oldham’s parks offer. The partnership will also offer traineeship opportunities for local people to progress into sustained employment, and provide work experience placements for our students.

“We believe this is the start of a true partnership to upskill Oldham residents and allow them to compete in the Greater Manchester labour market.”

Further developments of the partnership are already being planned – Oldham College students on other courses, such as bricklaying and carpentry, could soon gain experience at council sites across the borough, helping to grow their skills and careers.

A land-based skills centre linked to Alexandra Park could also be developed.

 

For more information about the course log onto http://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships/

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