As new developments take place in the landscaping industry, we wonder what exactly is being done to develop professional skills and generate more employment. Two stories on Horticulture Week online in particular, have helped us address these important concerns.
Training Programme Launched by the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL)
A new programme is being launched by the Association of Professional Landscapers to help improve people’s skills in the industry. The programme will be available to garden designers looking to improve their skills, as well as employees of landscape companies unable to carry out training at their workplace.
In an industry crying out for skilled workers, this programme is more than welcome, according to the article on Horticulture Week online. While more and more students are gaining useful qualifications, the amount of graduates with practical working skills is declining.
Unfortunately colleges are struggling to fund work experience and some landscaping companies do not have time to train their employees. The Association of Professional Landscapers boot camp style programme could present the perfect opportunity to change things around and introduce a whole new level of excellence to the industry.
New Tree Services Contracts Planned for Barnet
In other news, local employment in the London Borough of Barnet is set to be boosted by three new tree services contracts. According to the article on Horticulture Week online, the council is looking for two arboriculture contracts to cover street tree maintenance and emergency works, and a third contract to provide planting and young tree maintenance.
The lucky suppliers that win these contracts worth £200,000 each, may need to form partnerships with tree firms in Barnet in order to provide the level of employment that is required. However, unfortunately due to financial constraints, there are quality local firms struggling to get local authority contracts. Paying for accommodation in the area is a particular concern for skilled contractors.
Successful contractors will be selected based on the quality of their work and the contracts will last for four years with a possible two year extension. It has also been reported that the trees supplied by the nurseries will be required to follow the biosecurity standard BS8545.
What’s your take?
Will newly devised opportunities and relevant training enable the landscaping industry to grow? Or is there still more to be done? Have your say in the comments box below or reach us on Twitter, Facebook or Google +.