Garden Centre Group apprentices start at Pershore College

Future garden centre managers have been learning about botany at Warwickshire College's Pershore centre as part of the first stage of their apprenticeships with Garden Centre Group.

The apprentices will be returning every month to Pershore to study subjects including hard landscaping, propagation, soil science, pests and disease, turf and lawns and soft fruit production.

Apprentice Jade Goodwin said: "The course is brilliant, and I'm very proud to be a part of it. The college was amazing, fun and friendly, just like the masterclasses. It's really good to feel part of a team at the college with the other apprentices, and supervisors and at work."

Warwickshire College employer engagement manager Helen Dickson said: "After the hard work of planning for the first masterclass days, we’re really excited to have the apprentices here in Pershore and what a great group they are. The training days were well received with all the apprentices showing their enthusiasm for the course and for the college.’

Garden Centre Group head of training Tom Martell said: "It was extremely exciting to see our first cohort of apprentices commence their programme with the college masterclasses and to see them embarking on their careers at The Garden Centre Group."

The Garden Centre Group and Warwickshire College are recruiting for the next cohort of apprentices, due to start in January.  For more information and to apply, visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk/Be-An-Apprentice.aspx.


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