Garden centre apprentices develop skills at botanic garden

The Garden Centre Group (GCG) has sent two apprentices, Toby Smith and Jade Goodwin, to spend a week at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) to develop their skills and knowledge.

RBGE associate director of horticulture (learning) Leigh Morris said: "We very much welcome the link with commercial horticulture and look forward to it developing with our own RBGE apprentices getting the opportunity to spend time in a planteria of a large garden centre."

Goodwin said: "It's a shame that our visit ended here - another week or month, or just forever, wouldn't have been enough time to properly explore every crevice of this fascinating and enthralling place."

GCG employees have dedicated learning paths on an online training system with 150 hours of learning. The system was recently endorsed by Pershore College.

Apprenticeship applications for the coming yearclose on 1 September. See

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