New jobs for Cardiff apprentice graduates

Four new parks team members are celebrating getting full-time jobs with Cardiff Council’s parks department after completing their horticultural apprenticeships.

Adrian Morgan, Anthony Davies, Joshua Thatcher and Magdalena Szczerbinska have graduated after completing a four year training programme with Cardiff Council’s Park Services and Bridgend College.

Lecturer in horticulture at the college’s Pencoed campus Derek Cashmore said: "The partnership Bridgend College has with Cardiff Council continues to produce quality horticulturalists and the graduates have maintained the highest standards throughout their time with us. They can be proud and deserve all the recognition they get." 

The council’s cabinet member for sport, leisure and culture, councillor Ramesh Patel said horticulture demanded "a wide range of skilled disciplines" which nobody learns overnight.

"These four graduates should be extremely proud of themselves and I would like to congratulate them on their hard work and enthusiasm and wish them all the best for their new and exciting careers," he said. 

The four will now work in amenity horticulture and also work within the city’s plant production nurseries. They will also mentor future apprentices. 

As part of their apprenticeship the former students travelled to Nantes, Cardiff’s twin city, as part of a three week work exchange placement funded by the European Leonardo da Vinci Programme.

The council will recruit a new set of apprentices in the next financial year.

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