Landscape company unveils training scheme

Glendale launches a series of initiatives aimed at tackling skills gap and attracting new recruits

Lancashire-based green service provider Glendale has launched a series of initiatives to nurture talent and enhance career opportunities for the horticulturists of tomorrow. The initiatives are designed to provide focused training from entry level through to graduate and management level to tackle potential shortages of skilled staff for its nationwide team. Working in partnership with colleges across the UK, Glendale apprentices aged 16 to 24 will be given the opportunity to study amenity horticulture at National Vocational Qualification Levels 2 and 3. This combines practical on-site training with classroom learning. The training will include a wide selection of practical horticulture skills, including machinery, landscaping, nursery practice and plant knowledge. Managing director Tony Hewitt said: “We are dedicated to growing our own talent. At Glendale, one of our long-term initiatives is to ensure that we have the ability to fill supervisory and management positions now and in the future.” For those with management potential, Glendale has introduced a flexible training programme that aims to meet the specific needs of each trainee following an initial skill and competency assessment. The programme will involve practical experience of Glendale’s contracts and the development of financial, operational client management and customer service skills. Glendale human resources adviser Dave Bond said: “There is clearly an industry-wide problem when it comes to promoting careers in horticulture. “By establishing a structured programme of training, we hope to attract a pool of new talent. This is essential to the future of the company and also a great benefit to the wider horticulture industry.”

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