The MP for Eddisbury joined the trainees, who are being prepared for entry into an apprenticeship programme, at Reaseheath’s new Centre for Horticulture, the Environment and Sustainable Technology.
After chatting to Latisha Woolley, 21, and Simon Daynes, 20, as they worked in the college’s trial facilities, she said: "Apprenticeships offer a great option for both students and employers as they deliver the qualifications and skills that forward thinking industries such as horticulture require. Young people can earn while learning and also be confident that they have started on an excellent route into employment.
"Attracting young and skilled workers into the industry will enable British growers to better compete in an international market."
Reaseheath, in partnership with the Tomato Working Party, is conducting a growing trial in its glasshouses aimed at extending the cropping season of two popular commercial varieties.