Schemes aim to improve specialist training and pool talent at Paignton Zoo

Paignton Zoo has initiated two parallel programmes to improve training and provide a reservoir of talent for specialist zoo horticulture.

Curator of plants and gardens Kevin Frediani said staff had always passed on knowledge over a protracted period to new recruits, "with some risk of mistakes".

He added: "This experiential learning has been the norm in zoos and has proved very successful, albeit very time consuming."

Paignton now has a trainee gardener position that will run for two years, replacing a retired part-time gardener. The zoo offered the post to someone local. It includes being enrolled with Cannington College, which has a campus at the zoo.

It now offers an outreach service that has enabled the zoo to put its trainee on a two-year part-time NVQ Level 2 in amenity horticulture.

Frediani said: "The obvious difference being they have specialist knowledge in zoological horticulture, which is one of the growing sectors in the heritage and botanic gardens but has to date not had a specialist route into it for the young untrained gardener."

In addition to the traineeship, a new course in zoological horticulture was launched with Bridgewater College last week.

Up to 12 students will be enrolled on a year-long course from September, based in the Cannington campus at the zoo.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Sargent's solutions - how to avoid the traps of 'professional non-payers'

Sargent's solutions - how to avoid the traps of 'professional non-payers'

Be wary of unscrupulous clients who may look for loopholes to avoid settling up at the end of a job, Alan Sargent warns.

Opinion... A wish list for unblinkered thinking

Opinion... A wish list for unblinkered thinking

Opinion... A wish list for unblinkered thinking

Opinion... A wish list for unblinkered thinking

Generations of ordinary British people have been let down by weak, visionless leaders -- politicians more engaged by the next election than our national best interest.


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Horticulture Week Custodian Awards

Products & Kit Resources