Landscape Creations boosts skills with distance learning award

Landscape Creations has earned the HTA Landscape Award, boosting staff skills by genning up on the HTA workbook and running company training sessions.

Owner Ben Stirling and colleagues Matthew Nelson, Cory Ellis and David Gilroy completed a written and practical, observed assessment to gain the award.

The team in Huddersfield, west Yorkshire, first embarked on the distance learning scheme, designed to give domestic landscapers the underpinning knowledge to supports skills they use on a daily basis, last February.

Modules included planting and ponds, customer service, health and safety, vehicles and machinery, hard landscaping and water gardening.

Stirling said: "The employees followed a dedicated training programme and undertook assignments to aid their learning and development over nine months to earn a distinction.

"The award has really nudged up the business: I felt the team deserved the qualification – some are qualified and some are not but they are all very good.

"Since doing the work, knowledge and customer service has improved. In landscaping a lot of people can lay a patio or wall but horticulture is the art that clients don't really know.

HTA training and careers manager Penny Evans said; "This is a fantastic achievement for Landscape Creations, which has shown commitment to investing in staff training.

"It was great that they went through the process together, including the owner Ben, which helped individual knowledge and practical skills and fostered company development."

Landscape Creations is a member of the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL), part of the HTA.

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