Following a successful launch last year, Pro Landscaper has begun the search for this year’s 30 under 30: The Next Generation. To mark the launch, we caught up with Eljays44’s managing director Jim Wilkinson and director Jamie Wilkinson to find out why it was set up, what they look for in an applicant, and how you can apply.
How and why was it set up?
Jim: It came out of a debate at our FutuScape event. Everyone in the audience was saying that if you look around everyone was 40 or older – where’s the next generation? How can we encourage young people to come on board? So we decided to take on the challenge. It was a combination of us wanting to highlight the fantastic work being carried out in the sector by those at that young age and promoting them in a way which would enhance young people’s careers within the sector.
How successful was the inaugural launch?
Jim: It was amazing, even better than we expected. We had around 130 responses from every sector in the industry.
Jamie: It was refreshing to see so many young faces in the audience last year. I’m sure they all enjoyed their evening as well.
What do you hope the winners will gain from being a 30 under 30?
Jim: It can’t be bad on your CV when applying for jobs – I know two or three people who have already gotten additional jobs from being featured in it, but that wasn’t the reason we launched it. The reason was really to highlight some of the excellent work going on, to give people a platform to talk about themselves and what they’re doing.
What do you look for in an applicant?
Jamie: The guidelines for entering are that they have to have worked within the industry for at least one year and that they were under the age of 30 on the 1 January 2016. It’s open across the whole of the industry, to landscape architects, garden designers, landscapers, arborists and suppliers.
When is it officially launched this year?
Jamie: It will be launched on Thursday 30 June 2016. As well as in Pro Landscaper, it will be on our websites, it will be covered in ProArb magazine, and you’ll also pick it up on the Friday Wrap email.
How can you apply?
Jamie: It’s very simple. All we need is for you to drop us an email and we will send you across the details for entry. It will be an easy questionnaire either for yourself to fill out, or for you to fill out on behalf of a colleague.
When will applicants know if they have been successful?
Jim: The closing date is 31 August 2016. This will give us time to consider all of the applications in October, and following this we will inform those that have been successful.
When will the winners be announced?
It’s going to be published within the November issue of Pro Landscaper, which comes out at the end of October, and then we’re really keen on having the gala evening do at FutureScape which this year is on Tuesday 15 November, so all you applicants out there put that date in your diary.
If you are interested in applying, please email Nina at [email protected] from 30 June.