Ground Control takes apprenticeship scheme leading role

Commercial landscaper Ground Control is taking a leading role in the development of the new Trailblazer apprenticeship scheme, the nationwide government run scheme for the Arboriculture, Forestry, Horticulture and Landscape industries.

Ground Control’s national training manager and chairman of the Trailblazer sub-group for Horticulture and Landscape, Neil Huck, has been working in partnership with British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) and Lantra to further develop the standards of the scheme.

Setting out to increase the quality of apprenticeships, the Trailblazer scheme requires apprentices to demonstrate their competence through assessment put in place by employers. This will ensure apprenticeships as a whole are more responsive to the requirements of employers and the skill set needed to progress.

Ground Control has employed a number of apprentices over the past eight years, with many currently in place undertaking NVQ Level 2 in Horticulture and Landscaping at various sites across the UK. With the new scheme set to launch in 2017, the current apprenticeship structure will be withdrawn and Ground Control will take the lead offering the new Horticulture and Landscape scheme.

As chairman of the Trailblazer sub-group for Horticulture and Landscape, Neil Huck is proud to represent Ground Control playing a vital role in developing the new standards, he said.

"At Ground Control we have a positive policy of promotion from within, so we are extremely committed in helping our people develop the skills to do so. With the new scheme in place and being able to develop standards of the future apprenticeships as an employer, it really gives us input in the development of the younger generation and the future of the horticulture and landscape industries. It offers a great opportunity for young people to learn and grow as part of a business, with changes that are set to benefit the future of the industry."

Ground Control will play a key part in supporting the industry survey that is set to run from May 5-26, gathering input and standards from managers within the wider company.

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