Garden Centre Association unveils e-learning

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has officially unveiled its e-learning initiative.

The Garden Retail Online Workshops (GROW), will offer 10 initial training modules designed to give garden centres an advantage over their competitors.

GCA interim chief executive Iain Wylie said: "Our GROW e-learning training scheme will allow garden centres to easily train their staff in certain aspects of horticulture, including plant basics, Grow Your Own, pruning and pest control.

"We started piloting the modules recently at some of our member garden centres, including Millbrook Garden Centres in Crowborough and Gravesend and The Gardens Group in Yeovil, Sherborne and Dorchester, and it was very successful."

The aim of the GROW e-learning modules is to give garden centres an opportunity to train all their staff to ensure they have a basic horticultural understanding.

Wylie added: "A lot of garden centres don’t have the time or resources to train all of their staff to ensure they have a good general knowledge of gardening, so these modules will mean more staff will be able to help with customers’ queries.

"Once all the centres are up and running with the first 10 modules, it won’t be long before more batches become available on a wide range of other topics involved with running a garden centre, such as health and safety and food hygiene."

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