GREEN-FINGERED enthusiasts looking for a new career in horticulture and grounds maintenance are being invited to join an award-winning team at Tamworth Borough Council.
The authority has a fantastic opportunity for another two apprentices to join the Street Scene team, which is responsible for maintaining public amenity green spaces across Tamworth.
The Street Scene team also plays a key part in the success of the annual Tamworth in Bloom campaign, working hard to design, plant and maintain the fabulous floral displays that have led to the town winning a Heart of England in Bloom gold award for the past nine years in a row.
As well as valuable on-the-job experience, the successful applicants will attend Rodbaston College on a day release where they will work towards an NVQ Level 2 in Horticulture.
The two current apprentices are almost at the end of their courses and new recruits are now being sought as part of the council’s ongoing commitment to provide new opportunities and contribute towards the creation of a skilled workforce for the future.
Nineteen-year-old Jack Morris from Tamworth is one of the two apprentices currently nearing the end of their courses. He said: “I always wanted to work outdoors. I studied countryside management at Rodbaston College for two years and when that was complete I saw the advert for the apprenticeship at Tamworth, which would help me get the practical experience I needed.
“It’s been great, I’ve really enjoyed it. No two days are the same. During the summer we were doing all the planting in the Castle Grounds and along the bridges, preparing for Tamworth in Bloom, it’s very varied.”
Successful candidates will join an enthusiastic team and will receive practical training in a full range of grounds maintenance and cleansing duties. This will include tasks such as planting, bedding, weeding, pruning, mowing, cutting and trimming of plants, trees, grass and hedges across the borough.
Cllr John Chesworth, Tamworth Borough Council’s cabinet member for Culture and Operational Services, said: “This is a great opportunity for people to get into the horticultural industry in a role that enables them to learn a full range of practical grounds maintenance skills, as well as working towards the industry-recognised qualifications.
“It also means that as a council we can focus on creating a workforce with a wide range of skills and specialisms; the new apprentices will learn all aspects of grounds maintenance while specialising in the horticultural side of it.
“The apprenticeships will act as a valuable stepping stone for anyone who wants to progress further in the horticultural, grounds maintenance and environmental maintenance industries.”
The apprenticeships are temporary for up to two years, for 37 hours per week, and will be paid at age-related minimum wage.
Tamworth Borough Council employees benefit from an excellent employment package with flexible working, health scheme, pension scheme and generous holiday entitlement.
More information about the apprenticeships is available at www.tamworth.gov.uk/street-scene-apprentice. Anyone interested can also contact Street Care manager Mark Greaves on 01827 709356 for an informal discussion.
The closing date for applications is 12noon on Friday, September 14 and interviews are due to be held on September 27 and 28.