Glendale supports new arboriculture standards pilot scheme

National green services company Glendale is taking part in a pilot scheme to establish professional standards for arborists.

 It is taking part in The Register of Tree Work Operatives (R2) trial, which it is hoped will provide the first unified system for the profession, replacing the current mix of vocational and academic qualifications. 

R2 records and demonstrates the skills of individuals working within the industry and creates a standard for all to work towards. Under the planned scheme, R2 will provide workers with defined job levels and grades and specific qualifications, training and experience needed for each of those levels. All of this will then be quality assured.

A steering committee comprised of industry professionals has now been set up to bring the plans to fruition. Glendale’s operations manager for London and the South East, John McKenna, is a member.

He said: "Glendale is committed to the R2 pilot as we believe that standardising training and development will lead to wider acceptance of the skills and professionalism of arborists, and provide employers with a means of monitoring the progress of their staff.

"Our workforce is large and varied in terms of skill level which means we can provide a representative sample of workers to the pilot. This is enabling us to provide feedback that can be used to really benefit the industry as a whole."

R2 is due to be launched in autumn 2014.


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