Fund set up to help gardeners pay for additional training

Horticultural charity Perennial has partnered with the Professional Gardeners' Guild Trust (PGGT) to provide a fund for additional training that gardeners need.

The organisations have set up a pilot scheme as a new strand to Perennial's existing Lironi training fund. It will offer funding to enable horticultural employees and students to attend additional short courses which are often legal or industry requirements, such as pesticide/herbicide application and chainsaw certificates.

Perennial director of services Sheila Thompson said: "Quite often students leave college with good horticulture qualifications, but find there are other qualifications they need to get a job. The same applies to people working in horticulture.

"Before the recession, people would often work for one employer and the employer would often pay for training. Now people tend to look for employees who have the qualifications or who are willing to fund themselves. Also a lot of people work for more than one employer."

Perennial will provide a certain level of funding each year and the PGGT will assess the applications and allocate the funds using agreed criteria.

Thompson added: "The aim is to roll this out and partner with other organisations to increase the number of people we can help."

Bristol Zoo garden manager Matthew Bufton has received the first grant, and will attend a World Association of Zoological Horticulture conference in Florida.

He pushed a 35kg trolley of plants over a 10km course to raise money for the trip. Perennial and the PGGT have provided the remaining funding he needed.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Sargent's solutions - how to attract the best staff for your business

Sargent's solutions - how to attract the best staff for your business

There are ways to find quality candidates for horticultural jobs if you widen your search parameters, Alan Sargent suggests.

Business Planning - Staff are your greatest asset

Business Planning - Staff are your greatest asset

An effective strategy to retain staff is the best way for any business to avoid a potential recruitment crisis, Neville Stein advises.

IoG Saltex 2017 - Kit showcase

IoG Saltex 2017 - Kit showcase

Mowers, turf care, battery equipment, seeds, arboriculture kit and weed control will all see a wide range of new releases at Saltex, Sally Drury reports.

Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

IOG Saltex

Get set for IoG Saltex 2017 with our comprehensive show guide and exhibitor info.

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.

Industry Data

An exclusive report for HW subscribers revealing the key development trends, clients and locations for 2017.

Products & Kit Resources

BALI National Landscape Awards 2016

Read all about the winning projects in the awards, run in association with Horticulture Week.

Noel Farrer

Founding partner of Farrer Huxley Associates Noel Farrer on landscape and green space

Read Noel Farrer