Adam Frost and Homebase join forces to launch gardening apprenticeship scheme

Chelsea gold-winning garden designer Adam Frost and Homebase are teaming up again to launch an apprenticeship scheme called Garden Academy.

The scheme hopes to raise the profile of a career in horticulture and inspire talent of the future.

It will offer a broad experience of gardening and horticulture and lessons with Frost about garden planning and design. Apprentices will also learn product knowledge covering planting and landscaping and practical horticultural skills to work towards a Royal Horticultural Society Level 1 Award.

At other times, apprentices will work full-time Homebase, learning about garden retailing and gaining detailed plant knowledge. Successful apprentices will also get a Homebase job at the end of the scheme.

The collaborators are hoping the scheme will be as successful as when they worked together on the Homebase garden - Sowing the Seeds of Change, which won a Gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show earlier this year.

Frost said: "I am increasingly worried that our next generation of young people are not connecting with what’s outside their back door.

"This is not only a social issue, but increasingly a challenge for our industry as young people are not excited by careers in gardening.

"I was really inspired by Homebase’s store colleagues who helped me build The Homebase Garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and realised that by working together, we have the opportunity to do something special and inspire these apprentices through a variety of experiences to go on and do great things."

Homebase trading director Matthew Compton said the company was committed to championing the industry as a great career choice. 

He added: "The Garden Academy provides an exciting opportunity for people to make the most of their passion for the outdoors, regardless of their gardening experience."  Applicants must apply by 16th September.

For more details go to: www.homebasegardenacademy.com


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