Learn and earn with a horticulture apprenticeship

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Apprenticeships are a great way to earn and learn at the same time and there are plenty of apprenticeship opportunities in horticulture and landscaping. But don’t take our word for it, Ann tells us why she enjoys her Level 3 Apprenticeship. Who are you and what is your job? “I am a Level 3 Supervisor Apprentice, working for the City … Read More

Landscaping skills: Plant knowledge

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In my previous blog, the Top five landscaping skills, we looked very generally at the skills landscapers have, and look for in their teams and the future employees they are recruiting. On the back of that I wanted to explore in more detail, some of the specific knowledge and skills that many landscapers have, which make them true professionals in … Read More

Review of Arboriculture, Forestry and Horticulture or Landscape Apprenticeships

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Have your say! It’s time to review the apprenticeship standards launched in 2017 and 2018 to ensure they are up to date and can meet the needs of our industries. To ensure we have the right workforce for the future, the Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group for the Arborist, Forest Operative and Landscape or Horticulture Operative and Horticulture or Landscape Supervisor apprenticeships is conducting a review … Read More

Green-tech raises the bar by offering Degree Apprenticeships

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The landscape industry offers an incredible choice of career opportunities, but we often only think of the roles available in terms of the design, build and maintenance of green spaces and gardens. But remember, there are many businesses that support and supply the materials that are used to create these spaces, and they have their own career opportunities and are … Read More

UPDATE: Grow your business with the Kickstart Scheme

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The Kickstart Scheme is well underway along with a number of other government incentives, and could provide an opportunity for your business to recruit a new employee. In response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government created the Kickstart Scheme, a £2 billion fund aimed at supporting business growth and creating hundreds of thousands of high-quality 6-month job … Read More

Ground Control goes the extra mile with their apprentices

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BALI members, Ground Control, the UK’s leading supplier of award-winning landscaping and maintenance services, is proud to announce its involvement in an industry-first scheme to help support apprentices with learning difficulties. Ground Control staff have already successfully supported, mentored and now employed the first graduate of the program, 20-year-old Wayne Gorman. Following close on his heels are two more pupils … Read More

Winner of 2020 Student Garden Design Competition Announced by Provender Nurseries and Capel Manor College

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Now in its 9th year the collaboration between Provender Nurseries and Capel Manor College continues to go from strength to strength despite COVID-19 restrictions.  Due to social distancing guidelines the judging this year was different to all previous years with the main proportion of the judging being undertaken by Sophie Guinness, Curriculum Leader in Horticulture and Melinda Hilliard, Lecturer in … Read More

Capel Manor college – Industry speaker day

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Capel Manor college recently organised a horticulture industry speakers’ day, with experts that work in the London Parks. The aim of the day was to offer advice, support, and inspiration to those newly studying in the industry, Capel’s Level 3 horticulture supervisor apprentices. The apprentices shared with me some of the highlights of what they learnt from the day. This … Read More

Meet the BALI Chalk Fund Student of the Year and his tutor

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The BALI Chalk Fund Student of the Year competition is a wonderful way of celebrating the up and coming talent that are training to join our industry. This year, Pershore student, Josh Reid fought off stiff competition to claim overall student of the year. The BALI Chalk Fund runs the competition every year, BALI Member Colleges are invited to nominate the … Read More

What is the government Kickstart Scheme?

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With so many schemes and incentives available, it may feel overwhelming in trying to understand if any of them are open and applicable to your business. The current one doing the rounds at the moment, is the Kickstart scheme, which started its first placements this month. What is the Kickstart Scheme? It is a government’s scheme that aims to fund … Read More

Commercial nursery grows the rising stars of the future

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Johnsons of Whixley, one of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries, has announced the latest crop of delegates to join its Growing Stars leadership programme. The business, that celebrates its centenary next year, first launched the Growing Stars programme five years ago. The aim is to develop the skillset of existing staff members, enabling them to one day take on a … Read More

Preparing for a landscape job Interview by Stephen Ensell

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Getting the call that you have been shortlisted for the landscape job and they want an interview brings two emotions, excitement that you have got this far, and the onset of nerves that you got this far! But remember, you beat most of the competition and they liked your CV. but, you are only half way there, now you have … Read More

BALI student wins two awards at Belvoir Castle Flower & Garden Show

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Pollinators, Habitat and Cut Flowers. That was the aim of ‘The Feast Garden’ Designed by Amber Hine of Hine Garden Design LTD for the Belvoir Castle Flower and Garden Show 2020, the only garden show so far this year which has contained show gardens. Winning two awards in her first show, Best in Show and Professionals Choice, it is a … Read More

The CV, still alive and kicking

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“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison A CV (Curriculum Vitae), or résumé, is still the most popular way of applying for a job or approaching an employer. Even if you are applying through an online application process, your CV will still be the basis for your application. … Read More

Landscape and horticulture apprenticeships explained, by Stephen Ensell

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“Always two there are, no more no less. A master and an apprentice” – Yoda In our last blog on education, I promised we would have a closer look at apprenticeships. Apprenticeships have been around since the mid 1500’s and while they saw a decline through the 90’s with the rise of post-16 education, they certainly are not like they … Read More

Hadlow College Student Progression at Provender Nurseries

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After working closely with the potting on and growing of hardy nursery stock Provender Nurseries are delighted to have taken on two Hadlow College students on a part-time basis.   The two students work under Stuart Tickner, the Nursery Manager and are working with the nursery team undertaking general nursery work and learning new skills.  Working within the existing nursery team … Read More

We don’t need no education by Stephen Ensell

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“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X There is often a clear distinction between those that enjoyed school and those that couldn’t wait to leave, but many that dislike education go on to enjoy college, university and apprenticeships, that still have an element of learning. I certainly … Read More

Top five landscaping skills by Stephen Ensell

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‘Tis skill, not strength, that governs a ship’ – Thomas Fuller. The landscape industry offers careers that cover a wide skill set, but this can be a double-edged sword, it means you have variety in your role, but also, you have a lot of skills to learn and perfect. You won’t be expected to learn them all straight away, and … Read More

Chelsea Pensioners and horticultural apprentices get innovative about working together during COVID-19

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The Royal Hospital Chelsea has been the iconic location of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for over 100 years. To celebrate the connection with the Show and to underline our commitment to our own historic Gardens as well as the Horticulture industry in general, we have teamed up with the Royal Parks Guild to launch a new, intergenerational initiative called … Read More