Use apprentices to save money, parks departments told

Apprentices were pitched as a way for cash-strapped parks departments to save money during difficult times at a parks seminar last week.

Michelle Wright, business development manager at professional services company Nordic Pioneer, told the Association of Public Service Excellence event held at Regent's Park that at around £100 per week or £2.65 per hour, apprentices cost a third of an agency worker.

Nordic Pioneer typically finds 30 apprentice candidates, tests for literacy and numeracy and gives them two weeks' work skills and health and safety training. The employer then chooses 10 at interview.

Wright said: "At the end of 12 months, if there are one or two you fancy keeping then that's good. If not then you've already given them a great opportunity." Companies can also get cashback for employing apprentices under a youth contract scheme.

"It costs £52,000 for 10 apprentices and you can get £22,000 from the Government," added Wright.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Read These Next

Opinion... Bridges needed across the sectors

Opinion... Bridges needed across the sectors

Horticulture Week's careers guide (HW, April 2018) is a revealing insight into what constitutes "a horticulturist". Horticulture is a coherent discipline.

Winning designs

Winning designs

Student anniversary collaboration generates outstanding work.

Mowers special report - Tractor-mounted units

Mowers special report - Tractor-mounted units

Are cylinder or rotary mowers the best bet to maximise efficiency, performance and productivity? Sally Drury reports.

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

Horticulture Week Custodian Awards

Products & Kit Resources