Capel Manor to launch new courses, apprenticeships and a workshop space

Training chiefs are fine-tuning a course on mowing slopes after repeated requests from contractors and other grounds-upkeep professionals.

"Many of our employers have asked for a course to train their staff on how to mow slopes safely," said Capel Manor College employer services manager Linda Hope.

The college had raised the issue with skills council LANTRA and the latter was developing a training course, which should be available this June.

Capel Manor also aims to offer within its trees and timber level-2 apprenticeship training a forestry apprenticeship from September 2012.

"We recently found we have apprentices who would benefit from an alternative to arboriculture, targeted at those in general woodland and forestry tree work."

Meanwhile a new workshop has been created at Forty Hall Farm, Enfield, to provide better facilities for the teaching of chainsaw short courses.

Andy Deane, trees and timber assessor, said: "The workshop meets the requirements for a host of courses from chainsaw maintenance to climbing and rigging.

"There is a range of large trees on the site suitable for climbing courses such as CS38 climbing and aerial rescue."

Trainer Adam Sarfas and practical instructor Micky Moorhouse created the workshop while Stihl donated two MS201 top-handled saws to the college.

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