Royal Parks scheme out to tender

College to run new training scheme for Royal Parks apprentices sought.

The Royal Parks is looking for a college to train the next generation of students under its new apprenticeship programme. There will be nine apprentices for the first intake of the new three-year course, which replaces the park body’s old apprenticeship scheme, phased out last year. The new apprenticeship aims to include “upskilling add-ons”. Royal Parks representative Phillipa Thomas said the college would train staff in managing contracts, talking to the public, dealing with crowds at events and identifying plants, as well as a variety of other skills. The colleges thought to be shortlisted for the apprenticeship scheme following an invitation to tender are Capel Manor, Merrist Wood, Hadlow and Writtle. Capel Manor ran the previous apprenticeship scheme. Royal Parks will select a college to run the scheme in early August. Royal Parks representative Colin Buttery said: “The Royal Parks is addressing the skills shortage in the industry through training secondments, exchanges and by re-establishing the apprenticeship scheme. “The new apprenticeship will be achieved in partnership with landscape management companies working in the eight Royal Parks.”

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