Growing a skilled workforce

Published on: Friday, 07-February-2014

 

The future is rosy for a group of new recruits to the council’s horticulture and environment apprenticeship scheme.

The council has recruited five local young people to the apprenticeships – including Nicola Meredith, the first girl to join the team. The new recruits will work with the street scene, parks and cemeteries services.

Nicola, 25, from Whiston, who has recently completed an MA in environmental management said: “This is a great opportunity for me to gain vital experience of the workplace and develop new skills which will help my future career.”

During the two-year scheme, the apprentices will be working across the borough gaining experience in a wide range of horticultural maintenance activities. They will also receive training and work towards a NVQ level 2 in horticulture, from Myerscough College.

The latest apprenticeship recruitment drive is further proof of Knowsley Council’s commitment to building the skills and employment opportunities of young local job hunters in difficult economic times.

Cllr Graham Morgan, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Delivery said: “These are tough times to be starting out in the world of work, and an apprenticeship can be the ideal foundation for a long and successful career.

“We are proud that Knowsley has some of the best parks and open spaces in the country. This scheme will ensure we have a skilled and dynamic workforce who will continue to provide high quality and attractive green spaces for all our residents and visitors to enjoy.”