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    Perennial funds additional horticultural trainee at Cambridge University Botanic Garden

    Perennial, the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping all horticulturists in times of need, is delighted to confirm a new partnership with Cambridge University Botanic Garden.

    Starting in September 2014, Perennial will fund a new, seventh, annual trainee placement for the Cambridge Certificate in Practical Horticulture and Plantsmanship course. Widely regarded as one of the best practical horticulture traineeships in the UK, the one-year course offers trainees the opportunity to join the Botanic Garden staff team, enjoying staff benefits and pay in addition to the certificate on completion of the course.

    Speaking about the new funding agreement, Sheila Thomson, Director of Services at Perennial, said,

    “We are delighted to be able to offer this new traineeship and look forward to working with the team at Cambridge University Botanic Garden for many years to come. We see this placement as an important development in Perennial’s ongoing commitment to make a long-term contribution to horticulture training and a fantastic way to help mark our 175th anniversary this year.”

    The funding is provided through Perennial’s Lironi Training Fund, established in 2009 with a generous legacy left to Perennial by Miss Joan Lironi. The charity has been looking for a traineeship to sponsor that offers excellent training and a recognized qualification whilst giving the trainees a reasonable sum to live on.

    Sheila Thomson continues,

    “We know from our discussions with horticultural students that people who want to train as horticulturists are looking for practical experience coupled with a recognized qualification that will further their employment prospects. This traineeship offers both with the added bonus that trainees are actually employed by CUBG and enjoy the same terms and conditions as other staff. We are really thrilled to be working with the Cambridge University team and hope this partnership leads to further opportunities to fund traineeships in the future.”

    Professor Beverley Glover, Director of Cambridge University Botanic Garden said,

    “The new Perennial funded trainee place is a huge step forward for our popular horticultural training programme. We are oversubscribed every year and so are delighted to be able to offer a further young person a real chance to establish themselves in their chosen career. All the students we interviewed in April are preparing to begin their training in September and all have a hugely exciting, challenging and rewarding year ahead of them.”

    The agreement runs for an initial 5 years with the option to continue if the placement is successful. Interviews for 2014/15 intake took place in April with the first Perennial funded trainee starting in September 2014.

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