Continuing our look at industry apprenticeships, we now turn to the world of hard landscaping and hear from Travis, as to why he chose this industry and what he enjoys about it.
Who are you and what is your job?
My name is Travis, and I have just successfully completed my Level 2 Landscape Operative Apprenticeship. Part of my job is to read and interpret garden designs, and bring them to life, this can be anything from the excavation of ground works through to the installation of hard standing paving, down to the final finishing touches of adding plants along with my colleagues.
How did you get into landscaping?
I got into landscaping after realising being outdoors was important aspect of my career choice. I approached Riseholme College, and they advised me to apply for a landscape apprenticeship. after being accepted, my interest quickly grew and I developed a passion for all aspects of landscaping, which has only continued to grow over the years.
Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?
I chose an apprenticeship as I am a practical learner, I also liked the idea of learning new skills in a working environment.
Were careers in horticulture/landscaping ever promoted at your school?
Unfortunately, I don’t remember landscaping being promoted in my school!
What do you get up to on an average day in your role?
On an average day I can be excavating sites using machinery or hand digging, I could also be laying paving like intricate porcelain or natural stone, installing water features, or laying sleeper retainer walls and much more. All of this is usually for complete garden makeovers or renovation.
What do you enjoy about your job?
I enjoy being outdoors and learning new skills, job satisfaction is key to being a landscaper, standing back after all your hard work knowing you built this with your colleagues. I enjoy the working friendships you build with your colleagues, having fun alongside work, assisting and helping each other in the workplace, as well as overcoming complicated and challenging jobs as a team.
What are the specific skills you have learnt that are unique to this industry?
Learning to be able to read and work with different levels is a big skill that I have learnt, it’s the very centre of a good landscape project. Everything else is built on how well you have prepped the job according to levels.
Why should people consider a career in horticulture/landscaping?
People should consider landscaping because the industry is very diverse, you get to learn loads of different skills in the job. Landscaping is very enjoyable, working in the great outdoors, as well as keeping you keeping physical fit and healthy.