National Botanic Garden of Wales launches apprentice scheme

The new scheme, announced on 15 May, will comprise a two-year training programme run in liaison with Coleg Sir Gar.

Botanic gardens    Image: HW
Botanic gardens Image: HW

Recruitment will begin shortly with the first placements starting in September. The scheme was established thanks to benefactor Patrick Daniell and will ideally see two apprentices will be taken on every year. Day-release and work placements will enable apprentices to obtain recognised qualifications in horticulture and experience different aspects of the industry.

Garden curator Simon Goodenough said: "The value of a career in horticulture, with the many openings and opportunities now available, is becoming more widely acknowledged. Our apprentice scheme will give chosen individuals the training, qualifications and confidence to begin a horticultural career. It will also help to fill the current skills gap."

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