Heats for the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) WorldSkills Landscaping competition took place around the country throughout May and June for the landscapers of the future to compete for their place in the final national heat.
Taking part were competitors from College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Gadd Brothers Trees and Landscapes, Highgrove Landscaping Ltd, Myerscough College, Reaseheath College, Warwickshire College – Pershore College, Wiltshire College and Writtle University College.
The 14 competitors that have qualified through to the APL WorldSkills final national heat which will take place at Myerscough College at the end of July are:
- Daniel McCullough, College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE)
- David Jamieson, College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE)
- Eliot Johnson, Reaseheath College
- Harry Creek, Warwickshire College – Pershore
- Harry Funnell, Myerscough College
- Jack Hinks, Myerscough College
- Jamie Franklin, Wiltshire College – Lackham
- Joshua J Reid, Warwickshire College – Pershore
- Lewis Sharp, Myerscough College
- Llewelyn Durrell, Warwickshire College – Pershore
- Marc Brown, College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE)
- Nick Bundy, Gadd Brothers Trees and Landscapes
- Patrick Neild, Warwickshire College – Pershore
- Toby Mcleay, Myerscough College
The competitors selected from over 30 shortlisted entrants had three tasks to complete at the heats. These were completed over the course of a day in timed sessions and were marked on the quality of their work, attention to detail and work practice including health and safety. Tasks included building a decked timber frame within two hours, followed by a block paving exercise to specification, finishing off with a plant identification test. All marked against some very exact scoring sheets and where appropriate millimetre tolerances.
The competitors will go to Myerscough College for the national final heat. This year the three days will see our competitors take part in industry led training sessions alongside building test pieces, including tests on paving, disc cutting, setting out and a plant ident. The test pieces will directly assess the competitors on what they have been taught, which will focus on the latest developments and innovations in the industry. There will also be theory lessons, extra training and information given with industry representatives on setting out, pricing & procurement over the three days.
This year’s national final will once again be held at WorldSkills UK Live at the NEC Birmingham from the 21-23 November.
The APL would like to thank sponsors Dickies, Makita, Marshalls, J A Jones and Landscapeplus for their support of the APL WorldSkills Landscaping competition.