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  • Photo of Maternity Leave – Returning To Work

    Maternity Leave – Returning To Work

    Returning to work after a long period of leave can be tough, even more so when you’re a new mother. Whether you can slot straight back into working life after maternity leave, or you feel as if the whole process is rather daunting, knowing more about the transition and your rights can make you feel much more at ease upon your return. You’ve been on maternity leave for 26 weeks or less If you’ve been away on maternity leave for 26 weeks or fewer, you are entitled to return to the exact same job upon your return. Your pay and…

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  • Photo of New investigation reveals new landscape gardening businesses have an average survival rate of 87%

    New investigation reveals new landscape gardening businesses have an average survival rate of 87%

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  • Photo of Pitfalls to Avoid When Writing a Job Advert

    Pitfalls to Avoid When Writing a Job Advert

    Getting your job advert right is crucial. After all, it can be the difference between employing mediocre candidates and great ones. Getting the right calibre of applicants through door, relies heavily on how you write your job advert. However, this isn’t always an easy task, nor is striking the right balance when it comes to making your business stand out. With a long list of things to consider, it can quickly become an overwhelming process. Trying to make the procedure less of the struggle, the Pro Landscaper team have complied a list of their top tips on the pitfalls to…

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  • Photo of Survey reveals landscaping is the UK’s happiest job

    Survey reveals landscaping is the UK’s happiest job

    Landscaping is the happiest profession in the country, according to a survey carried out by Bark.com. Gardeners also made the list of happiest profession at number nine, whilst Tree Surgeon came in at number 10 of unhappiest professions.    Bark asked 40,000 of its professionals across over 43 different sectors to fill out its Happiness Survey. The aim was to how happy rolling out of bed in the morning makes them. It specifically asked them to rate how happy their jobs made them from one to five.   Here are the top ten happiest professions according to its research, as…

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  • Photo of Making horticulture accessible

    Making horticulture accessible

    Rob Ironmonger, apprenticeship tutor at the YMCA, explains how new programme Hortability can help those with disabilities gain employment in the industry. More than 20% of the UK population is disabled. That’s 13.9 million people, according to a Family Resources Survey for 2016/17 by the Department of Work & Pensions. These numbers don’t just include physical disabilities, either – 24% of this total reported a mental health impairment, up 4% within only two years. But, how many of those who reported a disability are in employment? According to a report produced by  the House of Commons Library, 3.9 million people…

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  • Photo of How to write a job offer letter

    How to write a job offer letter

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  • Photo of Want to join the Pro Landscaper Connect team?

    Want to join the Pro Landscaper Connect team?

    Eljays44 latest brand, Pro Landscaper Connect, has received fantastic feedback and gained superb momentum since its launch in late 2018. Pro Landscaper Connect is backed by the industry-leading trade magazine Pro Landscaper and with its research, data and marketing initiatives it aims to open pathways between clients and customers. 2019 has seen the brand go from strength-to-strength, working with clients both large and small from a range of industries. Pro Landscaper Connect has been able to provide vital information and insights which assist businesses make much more informed decisions about their products and services. The growth of this service has…

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  • Photo of What is Shared Parental Leave ?

    What is Shared Parental Leave ?

    Shared parental leave provides an opportunity for eligible parents to take advantage of additional flexibility in the way they choose to care for a new arrival to the family. It allows parents to share caring responsibilities evenly or have one parent taking the main caring role, depending on their preferences and circumstances. Unlike maternity/adoption leave, eligible employees can stop and start their shared parental leave and return to work between periods of leave with each eligible parent able to submit three notices booking periods of leave (although an employer may allow more). In April 2015, the government allowed new parents…

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  • Photo of Zero Hours Contracts – Get Yours Right in 2019

    Zero Hours Contracts – Get Yours Right in 2019

    A zero-hour contract is a type of contract between an employer and a worker, where the employer is not obliged to provide any minimum working hours, while the worker is not obliged to accept any work offered. Everyone employed on a zero hours contract is entitled to some statutory employment rights. Any individual on a zero hours contract is entitled to at least the national minimum wage, paid annual leave, rest breaks and protection from discrimination. The above is the main difference between a zero hours worker and a freelancer, but with a zero hours worker, unlike a freelancer, it…

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  • Photo of New scholarships available to students

    New scholarships available to students

    The David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) scholarship season is open for student horticulturists. This year sees the launch of three new scholarships. This provides more opportunities to students with a passion for trees, sustainability or research.   NEW – The Majestic Trees Sponsored Travel Scholarship This is offering up to £3,000 to fund a placement abroad at a tree nursery. This also includes the opportunity for a work placement at Majestic Trees, which could turn into a permanent position. The owners of Majestic Trees, Steve and Janet McCurdy, first met in California whilst Steve was working as an exchange student. Steve’s work…

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  • Photo of Attracting a wider audience to the landscaping profession, with Tim Howell

    Attracting a wider audience to the landscaping profession, with Tim Howell

    I’ve written many times about the career opportunities within the landscaping profession, and the difficulties that we face in attracting and retaining talented individuals. It’s a challenge that isn’t going away and is one that will continue to affect our business’, or us personally, over the next decade. There are already industry wide actions in place to encourage school leavers to consider landscaping as a career. Now is the time to broaden our appeal and accessibility to a far wider group of people.  At Mitie we carry out an independent survey every year to measure employee engagement. It’s well known…

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  • Photo of Horticulture Careers launches new website

    Horticulture Careers launches new website

    Horticulture Careers in association with Pro Landscaper is happy to announce the launch of their new jobs portal. To satisfy the growing demand for committed and passionate workers, Horticulture Careers has created a bespoke site. This includes new features designed for ease of use, and to encourage candidates to keep up with vacancies in real-time.   New user-friendly interface A modern design makes the site easier to navigate and applications are simpler for the candidate.   Improved company profiles Jobseekers can choose to follow companies they have an interest in. This allows them to receive notifications when new vacancies come…

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  • Photo of BALI re-launches GoLandscape website

    BALI re-launches GoLandscape website

    BALI’s education officer, Stephen Ensell, has finished development on the BALI GoLandscape website. The website is more interactive, immersive and user-friendly. It provides helpful career advice and information for school leavers, career changers, parents, teachers, employers and career advisors.   The website has gone through months of construction, working alongside industry colleges, employers and GoLandscape Ambassadors. It now provides a real home for the work and activity taken on by Stephen and the Ambassadors to promote career opportunities across the wider landscaping sector.   The site has a slick, modern interface which is compatible across all major browsers, smartphones and tablets. It…

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  • Photo of Contract renewal creates new roles at Glendale

    Contract renewal creates new roles at Glendale

    Green service provider Glendale has had its contract to maintain the Progress Housing Group renewed. The three year extension has resulted in the appointment of two apprentices.   The apprentices will gain valuable experience as part of a team of ten grounds management specialists. They will carry out grass cutting, weed killing, shrub and hedge maintenance and leaf clearance at sites. This will include Fleetwood, Kirkham, Clifton, Bamber Bridge, Leyland, Preston and Chorley.   Lancashire-based Progress Housing Group owns and manages over 10,000 homes across the UK. They provide housing, independent living and supported housing for disabled people. They also…

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  • Photo of Is enough being done to promote landscaping as a career in schools?

    Is enough being done to promote landscaping as a career in schools?

    In light of the recent success of the Royal Horticultural Society’s School Gardeners of the Year competition, Pro Landscaper speaks with Alana Cama, skills development manager at the RHS to discover the benefits of school competition and what is being done to promote landscaping and horticulture as viable career options. How do competitions like School Gardeners of the Year engage younger audiences? Our School Gardeners of the Year competition showcases the myriad ways that young people can get involved in gardening – from growing veg and creating wildlife habitats to greening their community – and its role as a place for…

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  • Photo of Green-tech welcomes additional staff to meet increasing demand

    Green-tech welcomes additional staff to meet increasing demand

    Green-tech has recently welcomed four additional recruits to join their sales and warehouse teams. Having experienced significant growth over the last 18 months, Green-tech’s headcount has now hit 85. The sales team is being supported by new starters James Webster, Gabriel Bradley, and Ben Simpson. The warehouse and production teams have undertaken a re-structure and sees long standing team member Sam Jackson being promoted to production manager. Cameron Fyfe and George Barton have recently joined the warehouse team and will be joined by another new starter in early June. The company currently has additional vacancies for an online sales administrator,…

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  • Photo of New LI briefing document lays the foundation for a future-proof profession

    New LI briefing document lays the foundation for a future-proof profession

    In 2017, the Landscape Institute (LI) undertook extensive research into landscape education and profession. The results of this research are now available – along with a powerful case for a new approach to the LI’s role as a professional body. New entrants to the profession have plateaued 41% practice heads cite recruitment as a key challenge 95% of the profession is white, compared to 82% of the UK population More than twice as many men as women fall into the highest wage bracket Read the future state of landscape: embracing the opportunity In changing times, the landscape profession must be…

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  • Photo of Ground Control recruitment days

    Ground Control recruitment days

    Ground Control, the leading UK grounds maintenance company and recipient of numerous awards from institutions such as BALI for Maintenance and Landscape, and the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (Innovation). The core company purpose is to create and maintain external environments that are safe and enjoyable for all. Grounds Maintenance is where it all began for the firm, who are incredibly proud of the client portfolio they’ve won and retained over the years. Ground Control continue to grow thanks to their fantastic team of managers and operatives. In April the company is welcoming workers within the industry to their recruitment days…

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  • Photo of Grafter revolutionises part-time hiring for landscapers

    Grafter revolutionises part-time hiring for landscapers

    Grafter is a new and easy digital solution for business to rapidly engage project, short term and seasonal workers. The concept was conceived by Tom Cape and co-founded with Richard Knight in June 2017. Following a 156% overfunding raise in October 2017, Grafter has attracted over 10,000 registered users and this number is set to climb. Through further research, it became apparent that many landscaping businesses required a faster route to find non-specialist workers. Coupled with flexible working growing in popularity – from millennials to the retired – the business was born. Grafter is designed for businesses seeking project, short…

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  • Photo of Banks swoop in to aid workers after Carillion shutdown

    Banks swoop in to aid workers after Carillion shutdown

    With construction juggernaut Carillion closing its doors, 30,000 subcontractors have been left stranded with outstanding debts being left unpaid, forcing some companies to scale back and make extensive redundancies. Banks to the rescue? Lloyds Banking Group has released a statement, pledging £50m to aid firms connected with Carillion prior to its demise. This isn’t a hand out however, as the fund comprises of loan capital set aside that allows companies to borrow without and arrangement fees or repayments for six months. This will likely sustain companies, preventing them from descaling until the government or another construction giant such as Balfour…

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  • Photo of Carillion liquidation and its affect on the landscaping industry

    Carillion liquidation and its affect on the landscaping industry

    Pro Landscaper investigates the demise of construction company Carillion, the detrimental effect this is set to have on public and private sector projects and how this effects the landscaping community. Carillion, the UK’s second largest construction company has declared itself insolvent as of Monday 15 January when the company ran out of funds to pay off the £1.6bn debt it owed banks. The backlash of this is having a knock-on effect that is being felt across many UK industries due to the company being involved in many private and public-sector projects. The construction giant was heavily involved with development projects…

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  • Photo of Horticulture Careers Trainee Week in partnership with BALI’s GoLandscape

    Horticulture Careers Trainee Week in partnership with BALI’s GoLandscape

    Horticulture Careers is delighted to announce that we’re running a Trainee Week from Monday 19 to Friday 23 June, in partnership with BALI’s fantastic GoLandscape initiative. For the duration of our Trainee Week all entry level vacancies, from trainees to apprentices, can be posted on the Horticulture Careers job board completely free of charge. Our goal is to encourage people to open their doors to candidates looking to train and gain skills, whether in landscaping, arboriculture, architecture, garden centres or any other relevant trade. Get in touch any time before 23 June to schedule your vacancy, and do your bit to…

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  • Photo of Horticulture Careers sets new standard for recruitment with innovative account management system

    Horticulture Careers sets new standard for recruitment with innovative account management system

    2017 has been a huge year for Horticulture Careers, with the implementation of our new account management system. This means no more placing job adverts and hoping for the best, and no more sifting through CVs from underqualified candidates. Now you can sit back and let your Horticulture Careers account manager actively headhunt the best candidates for your vacancy, ensuring quality over quantity. We use a variety of recruitment tools, including our own internal CV database, a variety of external CV databases, Horticultural forums and social media, to source top level candidates. We can also manage your account by promoting…

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  • Photo of Welcome to Horticulture Careers

    Welcome to Horticulture Careers

    Liam Colclough, brand manager of Horticulture Careers goes into depth about the service which they provide for businesses, helping them to find ideal candidates for job vacancies in the landscaping, arboriculture and other horticulture sectors.

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  • Photo of The Queen is looking for an experienced groundsmen

    The Queen is looking for an experienced groundsmen

    Queen Elizabeth II is looking for a lawn specialist to maintain the gardens at Buckingham Palace “an exceptional standard.” The starting salary for the job is £16,500 per year, plus benefits, with a 15% non-contributory pension scheme. The position houses you, for which there is a salary adjustment, and you also have your meals provided for you. The job is full time, 5 days a week, Monday to Sunday. “Joining this small team of qualified gardeners, you will help ensure the Royal Gardens and surrounding areas of Buckingham Palace and St James’s Palace are maintained to an exceptional standard,” the…

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