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Welcome to GoLandscape

An inspiring and educational online resource for the landscape industry, helping to promote and develop real life careers, share personal stories and projects and provide rewarding opportunities for people of any age, from all walks of life.

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GoLandscape

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.

About GoLandscape

Roles

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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Stories

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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Get inspired!

Landscaping is a truly creative industry. From private gardens, public spaces and commercial sites, the landscape around us can offer both beauty and health benefits, stimulating our senses and improving our wellbeing. Let's all work together to protect our natural world; when can you start!

Inspire me!

Upcoming events & latest insight

event EVENT capel-manor-enfield-centre.jpg 22/03/17 GoLandscape at Capel Manor College Careers Fair 2017
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GoLandscape at Capel Manor College Careers Fair 2017

10.30am - 3.00pm

Capel Manor College (Enfield), Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, Middlesex, EN1 4RQ

Capel Manor College in Enfield will be running their first Careers Fair of 2017 in March. The Fair will be preceded by an Industry Networking Brunch at 10.30am. This is an opportunity for students from the college to meet the GoLandscape team representing the land based industry and to learn more about the new initiative and how they can find employment in the industry, following the courses that they are currently studying.

The Careers Fair in 2016 was extremely successful, with over 1,000 students attending from all of Capel's centres. With over 56 employers also attending, those in the room were all suitably impressed with how the students showed positive enthusiasm and excellent knowledge of the land based industry sector.

A significant number of students will be job ready and looking for employment or progression in the industry, so this event is a good opportunity for GoLandscape to meet them face to face, preparing them for employment and for the steps ahead.

GoLandscape is currently in pilot stage and has so far inspired and educated hundreds of students across the South Thames region since its launch in November, in taking up careers in the landscape industry. More events are planned throughout 2017 and will be posted to the website in due course.

 

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Department of Education launch 'Find Apprenticeship Tool'

The Department of Education's Skills Funding Agency has launched its new 'Find Apprenticeship Training Tool' to help employers across England find apprenticeship training.

You can find the new tool on the GOV.UK website here.

It provides employers with information about apprenticeships on offer at approved training organisations and includes information on more than 16,000 apprenticeships, as well as details about the training providers that can deliver the qualifications.

If you are a provider offering standards then you can enter your information on ‘Find Apprenticeship Training’ here.

Upon inspection of the website, by searching for 'Landscaping' and refining by Horticulture, you can find a list of training providers offering courses in your local area by inputting your postcode. 

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Success for GoLandscape at the BFRS Careers Fair Aldershot

GoLandscape Ambassadors Richard Kay, Chairman of Green-tech, and Richard Gardiner, Managing Director of NAG Solutions, represented BALI's new career initiative at the recently held British Forces Resettlement Service Careers Fair at the Aldershot Garrison, at the heart of a large army base, on 19th January. GoLandscape was joined by Eljays44's Jamie Wilkinson and Liam Colclough. The aim of exhibiting at this particular event was to link the landscape industry with ex-servicemen and women who have retired from military forces, or, a change of career.

The hall maintained a steady flow of attendees throughout the 4 hour show, with over 45+ contacts made and established for the GoLandscape team to follow up on.

Those in attendance had all been through various types of training which would be transferable in the landscape sector. Most attendees were seeking a job in an outside environment and were looking to change careers within the next 12 months to 2 years. The landscape industry provides the perfect solution as it offers excellent structure and discipline, similar to that offered by the MOD.

Prior to the event taking place, BALI Registered Contractor Northumbrian Landscapes also supplied details of an open job vacancy; a landscape design and build position, including all relevant training as part of a new career opportunity within the landscaping industry. The GoLandscape team were able to match up two potential candidates for the role, one looking to relocate back to Northumberland.

GoLandscape continues to be trialled throughout the BALI South Thames Region. More developments, event announcements and updates will follow shortly.

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BALI's GoLandscape team to exhibit at British Forces event in Aldershot

BALI will be supporting the British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) upcoming National Employment & Careers Fair of 2017 in Aldershot, promoting opportunities to work in the landscape industry through its careers initiative, GoLandscape, to those men and women that have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, i.e: Service Leavers, the Reserve Forces and their families.

The BFRS event brings industry and the Armed Forces Community (AFC) together to provide future career opportunities and BALI is delighted to be championing the landscape industry to an entirely new sector of potential recruits.
 
BALI Board Director for Affiliates, Richard Kay, Chairman of BALI Registered Affiliate Green-tech and BALI Technical Officer Richard Gardiner, Managing Director of NAG Solutions Ltd, have both stepped in to support BALI and the GoLandscape initiative on Thursday 19th January at the Aldershot Garrison. 
 
BALI will also be joined by Eljays44's Horticulture Careers team, promoting BALI Jobs and open vacancies for the South Thames region and throughout the UK. The double-team setup of BALI and Eljays44 means the landscape industry has solid representation to help demonstrate how rewarding working in the landscape industry truly is, across a multitude of industry disciplines. 
 
The BFRS have continually strived to embrace the growing need to help its industry expand and fill the genuine skills gaps and shortages that are now being experienced throughout multiple sectors, including landscaping. This is one of the main reasons that GoLandscape team has offered to support this worthwhile cause. An analysis from the CBI/ Pearson Education reported “More than half of businesses UK-wide fear they will not be able to recruit enough high-skilled workers to meet demand and grow.” Whilst many private & public sectors have had understandable restraints on training and development, those who have and are serving in the Armed Forces, have always had a continuous professional development programme to ensure they deliver to the highest level, and ensure “qualifications that can be gained are matched to civilian qualifications (or accredited).” 

 
This training incorporates working directly with the huge number of commercial partners to the MOD, not only to provide best practice for the military, but bringing a hugely diverse workforce in line with industry standards. 

Therefore, BFRS has seen a high demand from industry to attend the Employment Fairs for the Armed Forces Community, as they understand business and the skill shortages that are now being experienced across many sectors, including transport & logistics, engineering and manufacturing, and fully recognise, by bringing military talent to industry, they can help companies deliver for the future.
 
The event will be held on Thursday 19th Jan 2017, between 09:30 and 14:00 at the Aldershot Garrison Sports Centre, Rawlinson Road, Aldershot, Hampshire. GU11 2LQ.
 
BFRS Managing Director Neil Dean states: “Our focus is on helping the Armed Forces Community find new careers which match their training, experience and aspirations. Visitors will be able to speak to employers and recruiters representing a wide range of industries and chat to training companies to identify any training needs they require for their chosen civilian career.”
 
The event is free entry for all attendees and you can turn up on the day or pre-register to reserve your place at www.bfrss.org.uk. We encourage attendees to bring their CVs with them to demonstrate their credentials to employers.
 
For further information or any press enquiries, please contact Dominic Hamberg, Operations Manager, on 0116 254 5477 / 07973 788848 or email dominic.h@bfrss.org.uk.
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