Horticultural Trades Association encourages members to take advantage of apprenticeship schemes

The HTA is working with the National Apprenticeship Service and colleges to encourage its members to get involved in apprenticeship schemes.

The organisation is reviewing how it could support members in providing up to date facts around what an apprenticeship is, what the business benefits are and providing advice and guidance on the process for recruiting or sharing an apprentice.

HTA training and careers manager Penny Evans said: "Our aim is to support members in encouraging young entrants into the industry and help them through the processes involved. We’ve taken on two promising young apprentices ourselves, who are proving to be valuable members of the team".

She adds: "Right now, we are reviewing the apprentice training frameworks to see if they are fit for purpose, discussing how they may be delivered flexibly and would welcome all ideas, opinions and interest in this area."

The HTA has invested in two young apprentices within its IT and Event departments. Jonathan Spalding, IT and Chloe Bye, Events, will be working full time at the HTA while also attending college once a week during the course of their 12-18 month apprenticeship.

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