Parks department offers training to unemployed

A parks department is offering a traineeship to unemployed people to give them experience of working in gardening and horticulture.

The 22-week course is being offered by Leicester City Council parks teams and the Adult Skills and Learning Service.

"It will combine hands-on experience working with qualified gardeners on Spinney Hill Park with class work on horticultural theory, English, maths, and interview skills," said a spokesman.

Successful completion of the course, aimed at 16 to 23 year olds out of work or training, will lead to a level 1 certificate in work-based horticulture.

Deputy city mayor Rory Palmer said: "This course will provide a valuable opportunity to work with the council's team of experienced gardeners on one of the city's award-winning parks.

"It will also lead to a recognised qualification and help put students in good stead for further training or an apprenticeship.

"Offering opportunities for young people to gain meaningful work experience while training is one way we can help tackle the challenge of youth unemployment."


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