Grounds Maintenance Apprenticeship Scheme Update

October 04, 2012

Our bespoke Apprenticeship Scheme seems to have attracted the attention of various forums within the press and rightly so, it is a much talked about topic at the moment.  Here is the article in full;

National grounds maintenance provider Envirocare  have announced their very own bespoke apprenticeship scheme, the Envirocare Intermediate Apprenticeship in Amenity Horticulture, which works in conjunction with recent government initiatives concerning apprenticeships but which benefits the needs of their branch managers more specifically.

Apprenticeships have regularly been in the news this year. Vince Cable and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills recently introduced the new government initiative Apprenticeship Grant for Employers, which helps offset up to £1,500 of the training costs of taking on a first-time apprentice for businesses of less than 1,000 employees.

After working closely with a national agricultural college – Myerscough – Envirocare Grounds Maintenance have gone one step further, with their apprentices gaining a national diploma for their chosen industry. The apprenticeship creates a win-win: we get cost-effective staff, the government helps with training costs and the college has a mechanism to help recruit the staff.

“An Envirocare apprentice will gain so much out of their apprenticeship. They will get a Level 2 diploma in work-based horticulture. It is available for 16-to-24 year olds, who are looking to join a growing national business. The apprentice will be working full-time, receiving a regular wage, trained to our company’s very specific high standards, whilst working towards a nationally-recognised qualification at the same time.”

The scheme has proved popular already; Envirocare’s Chester Branch Manager, Andrew Dewhurst says: “Having an apprentice is perfect. I have a cost-effective member of staff who has agreed to work to standards set by Envirocare and their training means they have long-term potential to stay with us after their training is complete.”

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