Published: March 8, 2012
Brent Knoll garden centre launches new apprenticeship scheme

Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll has launched an apprenticeship programme this month.

The garden centre is offering the scheme to people aged 16 and above and all apprentices who successfully complete the programme will receive a work-based diploma in horticulture.

Peter Burks, General Manager of Sanders Garden World, explained: "We are delighted to be launching an apprenticeship programme at the garden centre."

"The scheme is the first of its kind for the horticultural industry and is a great opportunity for people to gain employment, particularly during the current economic climate."

"The apprenticeship will combine a blended learning approach with full integration into the garden centre. Knowledge-based learning will be accessed online, while college-based classes, which will take place at selected horticultural colleges, will develop the apprentices’ practical skills. These will then be put into practice in the workplace."

The 12-month programme includes an apprenticeship wage, which is dependent on age. A ‘celebration bonus’ of £500 will also be paid to those who complete the scheme. After 12 months, higher level apprenticeships, linked to the management development strategy of the garden centre, will be available to successful candidates, subject to application.

To register for an apprenticeship scheme with Sanders Garden World, visit here or email here for an application form. The closing date for registrations is Monday, March 19th.


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