John O'Conner makes award shortlist for its apprenticeship scheme

John O'Conner Grounds Maintenance has been shortlisted for the National Apprenticeship Newcomer Employer of the Year Award for the central eastern region.

The Hertfordshire company launched its apprenticeship scheme in May 2011 after winning new contracts and appointed a dedicated apprentice mentor, Richard Smith.

Now the company is committed to this "grow-your-own" approach.

Contracts director Ian Pitkin said: "Our apprenticeship scheme is producing some really talented individuals and I look forward to seeing them progress within the business in the future. We recognise that money spent on training is not a cost to the business, it is an investment." 

The National Apprenticeship Awards is in its tenth year. The award winners will be announced at a ceremony in September in Cambridge.

National Apprenticeship Service divisional apprenticeships director Karen Woodward Service said: "Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and rewarding career opportunities.

"Hiring apprentices is a proven way of attracting new talent and developing a motivated, skilled and diverse workforce."

  • Horticulture Week is hosting the Green-tech Landscape Apprentice of the Year competition with the support of landscaping supplier Green-tech. Companies with star apprentices are encouraged to put them forward as a candidate and tell us why they are so good. We feature one candidate per month in Horticulture Week magazine and the winner will receive a 12-month RHS membership, a STIHL kit worth £500 and a cash prize of £500. For more information and to see our featured apprentices so far click here.


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