Eight young people are being given the opportunity to learn horticulture skills thanks to a partnership between Liverpool City Council and Myerscough College.
The 16 and 17 year olds are taking part in a structured seven week work experience programme based at Croxteth Hall and operating from various locations across the city, gaining skills and knowledge whilst supporting the maintenance of the gardens and parks.
They will get a City & Guilds qualification as well the opportunity to apply to horticultural organisations or continue in full time education with Myerscough College.
Councillor Nick Small, Cabinet member for employment and skills, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to get valuable experience in learning about horticulture. It could be the first step in developing a career in parks and garden maintenance.”
Myerscough College is a specialist land based College with a reputation for delivering excellent training and education on a local, national and international basis. Courses range from entry to degree level and include full time, part time and work based (apprenticeship) options.
The Centre at Croxteth Park that has been established for over 15 years, offers opportunities to local young people to engage in land based and education and training within the grounds of the Park.
Helen Eaton, Assistant Principal of Partnerships and Development at Myerscough College, said: “We are really pleased to be working with the city council on this project and giving a group of young people the chance to get real and practical experience of working in horticulture.”