Parks and countryside apprenticeship scheme continues to move from strength to strength

Picture caption: Cllr Mark Dobson and Cllr Lucinda Yeadon (both front) with the new recruits in the parks and countryside team.

An additional 10 new apprentices have bolstered the ranks of Leeds City Council’s parks and countryside team over the last few months.

The new additions will join 10 other members of staff in the team’s thriving apprenticeship programme which offers meaningful training and learning opportunities across a number of sections. As part of this year’s intake, eight will begin work in the horticultural team, with two in business administration.

The new starters will divide their time at the council by studying for a Level 2 or Level 3 qualification at Leeds City College, and will based at locations across the city including Temple Newsam, Rothwell, Holbeck and Morley.

As part of the programme, each apprentice will have access to a skilled mentor offering advice, guidance and support and be given the opportunity to develop their skills in other areas including work in the plant nursery.

On hand to welcome them to their apprenticeship roles were Councillor Mark Dobson and Councillor Lucinda Yeadon.

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for cleaner, safer and stronger communities said:

"Our parks and countryside apprenticeship scheme is continuing to move from strength to strength, and we are delighted to welcome 10 new members in this year’s intake.

"As part of our programme, each apprentice will be given hands-on training, and broaden their learning by gaining formal qualifications in their chosen trade at Leeds City College."

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

"We are working extremely hard to both expand and improve our apprentice and training offer at the council, and it is brilliant to see more new recruits joining the parks and countryside team.

"A key aspect of our approach is to provide a wide-reaching programme, which includes access to a skilled mentor who will be available to provide advice, support and guidance."

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