The Royal Parks launches 2011 Apprentice Scheme
Kick-start a career in horticulture and earn while you learn
GROW, The Royal Parks' award-wining apprenticeship scheme, is now open for applications for the 2011 programme. The three-year course, combining practical experience in London's finest parks and college-based learning, is primarily aimed at school leavers age 16-18 and is the ideal way to begin a career in horticulture.
As an apprentice gardener, the successful applicants will be paid a salary to gain hands on experience and earn recognised qualifications. The apprentices will be based at one of London's Royal Parks for four days, and study for one day a week at Capel Manor College in Regent's Park. On top of gaining experience in some of the world's most iconic parkland, at the end of the course, successful apprentices will be awarded with a Royal Horticultural Society Level Two Certificate in Horticulture and a Diploma in Work-based Horticulture, plus other vocational qualifications. The deadline for applications is 15 March 2011.
Andrew Williams, Park Programme Manager for The Royal Parks said: "The Royal Parks Apprenticeship Programme offers school leavers a fantastic opportunity to begin a career in horticulture. Combining practical training in London's finest parks with class-based learning, it's an excellent foundation for either a hands on role or to progress to a management or supervisory position. Apply for the scheme, and you could soon find yourself tending to some of the world's most famous green spaces, which are visited by over 37 million people every year."
Deadline for applications is 15 March 2011. For more information or to apply, visit: www.royalparks.org.uk/royalparksapprentice.
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