John O'Connor featured at Hertfordshire training show

More than 100 employers, training providers and business support services attended the Hertfordshire Skills Celebration at Elstree Studios on 14 July.

Guest speakers included TV presenter and engineer, Kate Bellingham, who spoke about her work in championing young women to consider careers in science, technology and engineering, while Roger Morris, director of Elstree Studios, spoke about how the film studios nurture upcoming talent thanks to its close relationship with Elstree UTC.

John O’Conner (Grounds Maintenance) Ltd managing director Matt O’Conner and apprentice Lewis Ainge were proud to be honoured at the event and participate in a showcase video promoting apprenticeships, sharing their achievements in growing the skills base of the workforce.

In 2011 the business began offering intermediate and advanced apprenticeships in amenity horticulture and business and administration, and currently employs 17 apprentices. The company said it has provided full time positions to over 94 per cent of former apprentices, with many going on to be team leaders and supervisors.

John O’Conner has won several accolades for its apprenticeships, including Highly Commended Newcomer Employer of the Year for the Central Eastern region of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2013 and British Institute of Landscape Industries Principal Employer of the Year for 2013 and 2008.

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