Good news emerges this week for the landscape construction market, as Horticulture Week online says companies are reporting strong orders.
In the landscape construction market, orders are continuing to stay strong. As a result of residential soaring, roof gardens are gaining popularity, landscapers are adopting new techniques and the sector is fighting against a skills shortage.
According to the article, there is a lot of office commercial development coming through, mainly from London but quickly spreading to other parts of the country.
On the increase are green roofs and smart podiums – a type of roof garden that sits on the top of lower buildings in multi-building developments. As the house market begins to soar, companies are finding customers asking for a higher specification for plants and shrubs.
Education is another great opportunity for the landscape construction market to receive orders. According to the report, schools are spending more money on landscaping and universities are continuing to show interest.
Shortage of Skills
With all these new opportunities arising for the landscape construction market, more skilled workers are needed to accommodate them. The current skills shortage is encouraging companies to consider training internally.
Mark Gregory, chairman of the Association of Professional Landscapers has commented on the busy workload of the market. Gregory has taken on four new apprentices but has explained that the market is subcontracting rather than creating new jobs.
Apprenticeship Consultations for the Landscaping Industry
In other news, employers in the forestry, horticulture, arboriculture and landscaping industries, are being urged to complete apprenticeship consultations. As a result of more apprenticeships being taken, companies hope to be supplied with new high quality talent.
Meeting Employers’ Standards
As a result of a 2012 Government review that found areas of the apprenticeship programme to be lagging in some areas, new pilot standards, known as Trailblazers have been developed.
In a bid to make apprenticeships more responsive to the needs of employers and produce more talented individuals to UK industries, the Trailblazers Apprenticeship scheme aims to uphold certain standards.
From 5-26th May 2015, employers in the industries mentioned above, are being encouraged to take part in a short consultation. The consultation invites employers to share their views on the proposed new apprenticeship standards, concerning key skills and knowledge required for apprenticeships.
To find out more about the consultation, visit the official website.
What do you think?
Will the current skills shortage have a negative impact on the landscape construction market or will they be able to cope? And what are your thoughts on the plans for the Trailblazers Apprenticeship scheme? Let us know your opinions below!