Good practice examples
The guide to green space apprenticeships includes good practice from successful horticulture apprenticeship programmes.
Pamela Marnie, a 23-year-old Scot with a passion for plants, is a horticultural apprentice in Fife Council’s parks department who won green space apprentice of the year in 2009.
Birmingham City Council’s department of nature conservation and parks is the largest parks department in Europe.
Bristol City Council is using the Communities and Local Government apprenticeship grant for two green space apprentices to run a green space apprenticeship scheme for the first time in 18 years.
Newham Council is using the Communities and Local Government apprenticeship grant to fund two extra green space apprentices with Serco, the contractor who delivers their green space services.
Bradford Council used the 2009 Communities and Local Government apprenticeship grant to recruit a well-qualified green space apprentice, with the intention that they would progress to become a manager.
Halton landscape services division has an excellent eight-year track record in green space apprenticeships.
Haringey Council’s green space apprenticeship scheme has been running for five years to provide renewal and succession of skills in the parks service, as most staff will within 10 years.
The Royal Parks uses sound financial planning, effective resourcing and partnership working to ensure a sustainable future for its apprenticeship programme.
Oldham Council’s parks team meets the costs of training its apprentices by drawing on internal training budgets, accessing external funds and negotiating free training opportunities with other organisations.
Horticulture apprentices at Plymouth City Council complete a period of work experience before starting their apprenticeship programme, to make sure they understand what working in parks is all about.
Kirklees Council created a training programme for applicants who just missed out in their apprenticeship selection process, helping them to develop the skills they need to become an apprentice or find other employment in the sector.
The Parks Trust in Milton Keynes is creating interest in horticultural careers by talking to students in schools, offering work placements and working with a local college to develop horticulture courses.
Horticulture apprentices at Bath and North East Somerset Council follow a monthly rotation system to gain experience and skills in a broad range of areas, from city parks to playing fields.