The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) Apprenticeship Programme launched this month with 10 apprentices coming together for their first intensive five-day bootcamp session. A partnership between the APL, Myerscough College and the Landscape Skills Academy have brought together industry standards, apprenticeship expertise and training excellence under one roof. Supported by suppliers, the programme will expose apprentices to the latest products, tools, equipment and practice.
All partners and supporters had a similar aim, to develop apprentices who will meet current and future industry need, demonstrating a significant increase in knowledge and skills and a great attitude to work.
The scheme represents a first for the sector and its vision is clear; ‘To produce the next generation of Landscaping professionals with the skills and competences to thrive within the workplace.’
Employers who have invested in their staff on the 2015 programme include:
- Oakley Landscapes
- Landform Consultants
- The Plants and Paving Company
- Green Rooms Landscapes and Gardens
- RG Landscape and Construction Ltd
- Blue Skies Garden Services
- Bespoke Outdoor Spaces Ltd
Penny Evans, APL Learning and careers manager, said “The APL Apprenticeship Programme has defined the standards to be met and shaken up the delivery model, moving away from day release to intensive five-day training bootcamps focusing on technical skills, personal responsibility, team working and a dose of inspiration.”
Lee Price, employer services manager at Myerscough College said, “We are delighted to officially launch this exciting new apprenticeship model. With the support of the APL and the Landscape Skills Academy, the learning journey for the new apprentices will I know be an exciting one. This is another example of how we are working closely with industry to deliver an apprenticeship that delivers exactly what is required for individuals to flourish and develop. I wish all the new apprentices the best of luck on their adventure.”
Jody Lidgard, Landscape Skills Academy, said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for the industry to plug into an educational programme with real bite. With the combination of professional delivery and course management from Myerscough College, working closely with our industry based team. We are forging the first cohort of landscape construction learners who will not only be ‘work ready’, but more importantly have the skills to propel their companies forward into an increasingly buoyant market place”.