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APL announces partnership with WorldSkills UK

The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) is delighted to announce that it has joined forces with WorldSkills UK, the country’s premier set of skills competitions for young people and adults.

The APL will become the organising partner for the landscape gardening section of the WorldSkills UK competition from 17 November 2013, taking over from previous partner BALI.

The competition is part of a set of over 70 UK wide skills competitions ranging from landscape gardening to engineering, electronics to the arts; all of which are designed by industry experts and targeted at apprentices, college and university students, trainees and employees.

The aim of the competition is to inspire young people and adults to be ambitious in their pursuit of skills to the highest level.  Entering the competitions is proven to catapult a person’s career, build on their skills, test their knowledge against their peers in industry and showcase their potential to employers.

The competition features regional heats which will include a showcase of competition gardens at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2014, culminating in an international Olympics-style event at The Skills Show where finalists compete to be named the ‘Best in the UK’.

APL Chairman, Mark Gregory said:  “We are proud to be the landscaping partner with WorldSkills UK. We want to raise the profile of the APL as being the leading landscaping trades association.  The APL’s partnership with WorldSkills demonstrates our on-going pledge of encouraging landscaping excellence and raising the profile of vocational skills.”

Richard Beene, Head of WorldSkills UK National Competitions, said: “We are delighted to welcome the APL as the new organising partner for the WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening Competition.  By working with APL, an organisation which is all about promoting professional standards and quality workmanship, we are confident that the competition will continue to raise levels of expertise in further education, skills and Apprenticeships and inspire the next generation of landscape gardeners.”



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