Groundwork UK to help women in landscaping

Groundwork UK in Birmingham is supporting the career development of 50 women as part of Government-led project Women and Work.

The project has been set up to develop career opportunities for women in industries where there are skills shortages and where women are under-represented. The skills council Lantra is using the project to help women in the landscape sector and appointed Groundwork to develop a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme. Women and Work skills coach at Groundwork UK Hazel Langley said: “The programme supports the career progression of female members of the landscape team at all levels.” Groundwork UK helps develop green spaces in urban areas to improve people’s quality of life. Sonja Suckling at Groundwork Stoke-on-Trent is one of the landscape architects helping to achieve this aim. She is also one of the first to join the CPD programme. She said: “It can be hard as a landscape architect to get additional training relevant to the job so I jumped at the chance to participate.”

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