Top groundsmen have praised their apprentices as part of a drive by Lantra to promote their benefits to business.
Wolverhampton Wanderers head groundsman Wayne Lumbard said: "I was keen to take on an apprentice because I genuinely believe it is the way forward."
At Aston Villa's grounds in Birmingham, assistant head groundsman John Ledwidge agreed: "Young people are our future, so we have to nurture them. What an apprentice can bring to the workplace is the knowledge they are gaining at college of all the latest technologies that might not have been around or taught when you started.
"This can only expand your business and help it grow."
Lantra partnership manager David Winn said: "There can be no doubt as to the benefit of training to business. Developing new skills can also help businesses keep up with new technology and stay ahead of the competition."
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