Apprentice exchange scheme benefits Glasgow and Cardiff parks departments

Horticultural apprentices from the City of Glasgow's Parks Department have completed a one week work experience placement with Cardiff Council's Parks Services.

Horticultural apprentices Jamie McGubbin and Kieran Jordan from the City of Glasgow's Parks Department had the chance to broaden their skills during a week-long work experience placement with Cardiff Council's Parks Services.

This is the first time Cardiff Council's Parks Services has welcomed Scottish apprentices and the exchange will be reciprocated in the New Year when a new intake of apprentices has been recruited.

During the placement the Glasgow apprentices teamed up with Cardiff Council horticultural apprentices Alex Sibley and Ben Light who are currently undertaking their final year of the apprentership scheme.

The apprentices were given an educational tour of the Arboretum, Bute Park, Coopers Field, Blackweir, Cardiff Castle, Roath Park and Parc Cefn Onn.

They spent a day with the ranger service at Forest Farm repairing footpaths. They were also involved in planting seasonal bedding in Alexandra Gardens and had guided tours of the barrage and Wetlands.

Glasgow's Land & Environmental Services Training Centre co-ordinator Billy Kenny said "I would like to thank Cardiff Parks Services for the warm welcome and support and enthusiasm for this worthwhile placement scheme. Our apprentices gained a lot from the experience and we look forward to welcoming Cardiff's apprentices in the New Year."

 

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