Westland announce top 10 garden centre apprentices

The Westland Horticulture garden centre Rising Stars who have made it through to the final masterclass later this year have been announced.

Out of 33 hopefuls who entered the programme in February, 10 have been chosen to attend the next stage, the third and final masterclass which will be held in October.

They are: Daniel Holden (Barton Grange), Bethan Wylie (Bents), Kathryn Crouch (Haskins West End), James Ruston (Klondyke Daleside), Rob Frith (Klondyke Holland Arms), Hana Parker (Monkton Elm), Rupert Sleight (Squires Cobham), Sam Jones (Squires West Horsley), John Bradley (Stewarts) and Saskia Logan (Sunshine).

Following October’s masterclass, five finalists will be chosen, who will all perform on-stage at the annual GCA Conference, which is at Fairmount, St Andrews in Scotland on 22-25 January 2017.

The Rising Stars Programme, run by Westland Horticulture and supported by the GCA has been running since 2009. Its aim is to develop the best new talent in the garden centre industry through a year-long training course facilitated by Ian Boardman, IBBIS director.

The course helps the Rising Stars understand the importance of merchandising and Boardman works with each candidate to show what they could implement at their own garden centres and how to measure results.

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