South Staffordshire College wins horticulture apprenticeship deals

South Staffordshire College has secured two large horticulture apprenticeship contracts with over 80 places for promising trainees.

The apprentice programme will run for 15 months with 62 places at Stoke Council and 20 at grounds-maintenance company Greenfingers.

The College has trained fledgling horticultural staff for both employers for three years, said workforce development land-based manager John Renshaw.

"Stoke Council and Greenfingers are in the catchment area of other training providers but are happy with the quality of the service we have provided."

Training in plants, kit, safety and spraying are balanced with studies in key skills to improve candidates’ numeracy and literacy.

Last year just over nine-tenths of South Staffordshire College leavers found work or went university or into further training.

The college has four campuses, in Cannock, Lichfield, Tamworth and Rodbaston and offers largely vocational courses across several trades and professions.

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