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The Royal Parks (TRP) apprenticeship scheme, which combines on the job horticultural training with recognised qualifications, is now open for applications.

The highly successful programme, which has been running since 1962, has seen many of its alumni secure permanent employment in London’s eight Royal Parks or other well known locations such as Buckingham Palace.

As apprentice gardeners, successful applicants will be paid a salary to gain hands on experience and earn recognised qualifications over an average period of three years. They will be based at one of London's Royal Parks four days a week, and study at college for the remaining day.

Dennis Clarke, Head of Park Services for TRP, said:

“Our apprenticeships are designed around the aspirations and ability of our apprentices. We take great pride in helping shape the park managers of tomorrow and our record speaks for itself when it comes to apprentices securing full-time employment after graduation.

”The Royal Parks offer apprentices access to an  wide range of horticultural, landscape and arboricultural features across a varied collection of parks and gardens. These provide world class venues for practical learning, alongside formal training."

Verity Joyner, a final year apprentice based at St James’s Park, said:

“I’ve always had a passion for gardening so when I saw the advert for an apprenticeship at the Royal Parks I jumped at the chance and I’ve never looked back.

“Helping maintain one of the country’s busiest and most famous parks gives me a lot of job satisfaction and I’ve been involved in some great projects such as growing plants for the London Marathon winner’s podiums on The Mall in St James’s Park.”

The deadline for applications is 9 June 2017

For more information on the Royal Parks apprenticeship scheme visit:

https://www.royalparks.org.uk/apprenticeship

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