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Looking for a rewarding career? Love working outdoors with plants, nature and the environment? Are you creative or practical? Then landscaping could be just the profession for you! Find out more about what it takes to be a landscaper and how to start your journey.

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Landscaping offers exciting and varied job opportunities for everyone; from entry-level school leavers to senior professionals. Get stuck in through hands-on experience, work your way up to supervising a team, or, specialise in specific areas like sports pitch maintenance or horticulture.

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Hear from real landscapers and discover how they got involved and why they love what they do! Some worked their way up from a Saturday job picking litter, others completed Diplomas and Degrees to get to where they wanted to be. There is a door waiting to be opened for everyone.

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event EVENT rhstatton-ylc-competition.jpg 19/07/17 BALI and GoLandscape support RHS Young Landscape Contractor 2017 competition

BALI and GoLandscape support RHS Young Landscape Contractor 2017 competition

The RHS Young Landscape Contractor 2017 Competition, supported by BALI and the RHS Young Planting Designer Competition 2017 are returning this July at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.

Following on from its successful launch last year, the RHS are once again on a mission to find the best emerging Landscape and Plant Design talent with the RHS Young Landscape Contractor (supported by BALI) and RHS Young Planting Designer 2017 competition.

Held at the fantastic RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in Cheshire, the popular competition will return for its second year in 2017, offering budding young talent the platform and support to display their planting and landscaping talents.

Tom Harfleet, Head of Show Development for the RHS said: “This new competition kicked off in style in 2016 with 3 Gold medal winning gardens and amazing, fresh young talent. We’re excited to find the next competitors and help support the young talent out there.” 

The competition will challenge Young Landscape Contractors and Young Planting Designers to work together to build and deliver a Garden showcasing their skills and talent in their respective areas of horticulture and landscaping. RHS Tatton Park is a well-known platform for nurturing young talent, and aims to build on the success of the RHS Young Designer competition, now in its ninth year, which gives young designers who are new to the industry, the chance to design their first Show Garden.

At the end of the competition, one winning talent from each category will be crowned winner of RHS Young Planting Designer and winner of RHS Young Landscape Contractor, which is proudly supported by the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), the UK’s largest Trade Association for landscape professionals, for a second year running.

BALI’s Chief Executive, Wayne Grills, said: “BALI is delighted to once again be supporting the Young Landscape Contractor finalists and their partners for what promises to be an exciting competition for 2017. The level of quality on show at last year’s event set an incredibly high benchmark with 3 Golds and Best Construction accolades being handed out, so we cannot wait to see what talent will be on display at RHS Tatton this July. BALI continually strives to promote the craftsmanship, skills and commitment of some of our very best young, hard-working and talented individuals from right across the industry and we are very proud to be part of the competition once again.”

Ewan Sewell was crowned RHS Young Landscape Contractor 2016 and Katie Maude, RHS Young Planting Designer 2016. Each Garden was also awarded a Gold Medal, a fantastic result for each pair taking part.

The RHS Young Landscape Contractor and RHS Young Planting Designer 2017 competitions are now open to those aged 28 years and under.

To apply click the relevant link(s) below:

RHS Young Planting Designer application form: https://rhsforms.formstack.com/forms/tp17_young_planting_designer

RHS Young Landscape Contractor application form: https://rhsforms.formstack.com/forms/tp17_young_landscape_contractor

Application deadline for both competitions is 1st March 2017.

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BALI's GoLandscape enthrals students at Capel Careers Fair

The British Association of Landscape Industries' (BALI) GoLandscape initiative continues to be trialled across the South Thames region, with multiple events having taken place over the last few months, talking directly to students, college lecturers and educators on the importance of securing the right skills and qualifications to enter the landscaping industry.

The latest event this week saw Managing Director of award-winning Garden Design and Construction company The Outdoor Room, David Dodd, who are also Registered Members of BALI, work alongside Carly Button, BALI's Sales Officer, to exhibit at BALI Training Provider Member Capel Manor College for their annual Spring Careers Fair.

The event, which ran between 12pm-3pm, has grown considerably since 2016, with 69 employers present. There were multiple BALI Registered members exhibiting alongside the Association, including Gavin Jones, Joseph Rochfords Gardens, Alfie Bines Gardens, Andersplus, Belderbos Landscapes, Greenmantle, Ginkgo Landscape Contractors, Glendale, Ground Control, Marshalls, Palmstead Nurseries and Provender Nurseries. BALI's chosen charity Perennial was also in attendance.

The Careers Fair gave students studying nationally recognised qualifications a chance to speak to potential employers, providing them with valuable contacts that they may need when leaving the college upon completing their courses.

BALI Board Director and Managing Director of BALI Registered Contractor The Outdoor Room, David Dodd, said, “It is always encouraging to speak to so many students at events like this, who are passionate about working towards a career in horticulture and landscaping, who have the right qualifications and skill set, attitude and approach and show willingness to learn and develop. This is, after all, our future generation of landscape professionals and we have a duty to help them with professional guidance and support for that next step on their journey after leaving college. GoLandscape was set up to get more people into this fantastic industry, to establish rewarding careers and to help close the skills gap that is currently gripping the industry. There was most certainly an appetite to sign-up to the GoLandscape scheme from students at the event which was encouraging, but there is still a lot left to do to achieve our goals of preserving landscaping as we know it”.

GoLandscape continues to gain pace, securing Ambassadors, forging new industry partnerships and delivering careers, seminar and presentation events around London and the surrounding areas, before the trial reaches its conclusion at the end of April.


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Training bursary launched by British Sugar TOPSOIL

The UK’s largest supplier of topsoil to the construction, landscaping and amenity sectors – British Sugar TOPSOIL - has announced the launch of The British Sugar TOPSOIL Training Bursary 2017 to celebrate the business’s 20th anniversary. Two bursaries, each of up to £500, will be awarded to pay for training courses in the greenkeeping, groundsmanship, landscape contracting or garden design sectors.

Since British Sugar TOPSOIL first began operations in 1997 it has actively supported the industries it serves through its membership of trade and professional bodies, sponsorship of awards schemes and events, and hosting of educational visits to its topsoil manufacturing facilities in East Anglia. The establishment of an annual training bursary is yet another demonstration of TOPSOIL’s desire to give something back to the wider industry in this its 20th anniversary year.

National TOPSOIL Manager Andy Spetch had considered a number of ways to celebrate British Sugar TOPSOIL’s achievements over the past 20 years but felt that a training bursary would have the greatest potential to create a legacy and open up opportunities for anyone with drive and ambition who might be held back by financial constraints:

“Skills and training are fundamental to being successful in the sectors in which British Sugar TOPSOIL operates. Where the cost of training is proving to be a barrier to achieving success I hope the British Sugar TOPSOIL bursary can go some way to helping overcome it. I am looking forward very much to receiving applications from across the four sectors and expect to be inspired by the determination to succeed that will undoubtedly shine through the two successful submissions.”

Bursary applications must be made online through the TOPSOIL website at www.bstopsoil.co.uk/news-events, where full Terms & Conditions, including eligibility criteria, and an application form can be downloaded. The closing date for entries is Friday, 28th April 2017, with the two successful bursary recipients being notified by Wednesday, 31st May 2017.

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idverde supports Employment Skills and Learning Project

People in Wandsworth gain an insight into grounds maintenance and landscape conservation on Tooting Common, with support from idverde and training partners. Wandsworth Council has been awarded just under £1.4m by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) as part of a larger £1.9m scheme to explore, restore, conserve and enhance the cultural and natural heritage of Tooting Common.

One of the many strands of the project is to support local people to gain new skills and employment in the borough. Wandsworth Council has been working in partnership with idverde, Enable Leisure and Culture, SLIC Training, and Job Centre Plus Wandsworth to deliver the council’s Tooting Common Heritage Project’s Employment Skills and Learning Project and help local people find jobs ground maintenance and landscape conservation.

Thanks to National Lottery players, in the first year of the project 15 candidates have taken part in the bespoke Level 1 City and Guilds Diploma in Land Based Studies (Environmental Conservation), developed in partnership with Enable Leisure and Culture and SLIC Training. 11 candidates passed the course with Merits and four candidates achieved Distinctions, a fantastic achievement.

Andrew Kauffman (idverde Assistant Director-Customer Support) said: “It has been a pleasure to work in partnership with our partner organisations in Wandsworth to develop this bespoke accredited training offer as part of the Tooting Common Heritage Project. It is great to see the confidence of candidates grow during the course. To then see them moving into full time employment is extremely rewarding, and testament to the dedication of all involved, but particularly the hard work of the candidates themselves.”

As a large national and local employer in the green spaces sector, idverde is always keen to encourage young people into the industry. Projects like Tooting Common Heritage Project allow young people not currently in education, employment, and training to gain an insight into an industry that they may not have considered previously. As well as providing them with key skills and recognised qualifications, the training empowers the students to find work in the industry. The scheme also provides local residents in Wandsworth with the opportunity to learn new skills and supports them in taking a more active part in the open spaces where they live.

Cllr Cook, Spokesman for Wandsworth Council, said: “It was a pleasure to meet the idverde team and their candidates. You could see their enthusiasm and the candidates’ desire for a career in ground maintenance and landscape conservation, and I’m delighted these training opportunities are being seized. It’s great to see the borough’s residents taking a hands-on role in restoring this wonderful historic common.”

Dameon Napoli, one of the participants who undertook the Level 1 Diploma course, said: “I have loved worked outside in the fresh air – I was working in a betting shop before this – so a big change – totally different! I live locally and have always brought my children here to play. Now I have made a positive impact on this space – it’s great.  As well as that, I’ve learnt some new skills and got some more qualifications, so it’s all good.”

Billy Mohan, another course participant, added: “I heard about this opportunity at the job centre – they had an open day. I decided I wanted to give this a go. I have really enjoyed being able to work outside in the Common. The first week was key for us all, as it was spent more on safety and maintenance of the equipment we’d be using. That gives you confidence.”

Fellow participant, Carl Taylor, commented: “I’ve been working outside for a few years now – but maintaining and improving the common is special. Working outside really suits me as it keeps my mind busy.”

Participant Ana Viera, also said: “Doing this has made me feel very protective of the areas we have worked on in the Common – almost maternal. I’m keeping my eye on one particular honeysuckle we planted, every time I come and visit a friend who lives nearby. What I have realised is that there are certain things you just take for granted in any open space - that I now know are hard work to maintain.

“We started at 8am and finished about 3pm to do an hour of class based coursework. I loved using the strimmer – once I was all in the gear I didn’t want to let the other guys have a go! I’d be really keen to turn this into a job with idverde. This has been a great starting point though, and I have transferable skills I didn’t have before.”

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