The BALI careers initiative, GoLandscape, has forged a partnership with YMCA Training. This aims to support their work on delivering industry apprenticeships in the wake of a 28% shortfall in the number of apprenticeships undertaken in the UK.
Along with a decrease in apprenticeships, the Open University have recently reported that only 8% of companies in the UK have drawn from their levy. This proves that more support is needed to inspire, educate and encourage industry employers to understand the benefits of taking on apprentices as part of their workforce.
YMCA Training – part of Central YMCA – helps young people find new opportunities through work and training. Every year, thousands of apprentices are trained and go on to build rewarding and fulfilling careers.
BALI’s education officer, Stephen Ensell, said:
“GoLandscape is proud to support YMCA Training in the industry apprenticeships they offer; their bespoke training means that, nationally, they can help landscapers develop a workforce that addresses the skill shortfalls they so desperately need, which in turn helps boost the economy and grow their own business. We are really looking forward to supporting and working with them in the promotion of the industry”.
BALI’s GoLandscape initiative launched nationwide in March 2018 at RHS Garden Wisley and has already made significant progress in working with employers and industry colleges to provide more opportunities for school leavers and career changers to find suitable employment within the landscape industry, where their skills and knowledge are mapped to the needs of businesses operating in both domestic and commercial capacities.