A search is underway for 10 young people to work in Liverpool’s parks and gardens.
Candidates need to be aged 16 and 17 and not previously in education, employment or training (NEET). They will be recruited by Glendale Liverpool, the city council’s grounds maintenance partner.
The scheme will see them take part in a 12 month pre-apprentice scheme which will give them work experience, alongside studying for a level 1 NVQ in horticulture, and participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
They will be assigned an apprentice as a mentor to offer support, advice, encouragement and act as a ‘buddy’ when they need extra support.
On successful completion of the pre-apprenticeship they will get the opportunity of a five year apprenticeship.
Councillor Nick Small, Cabinet member for employment and skills, said: “This is the third year that we have run this scheme and it has proved successful, with many of the young people progressing to a long term apprenticeship programme.
“Glendale are one of our key partners and their commitment to give young people the chance to take the first step on to the employment ladder is to be applauded
“It is a chance for young people who have finished school but don’t want to continue their formal education to get practical on the job training and a qualification.”
Glendale Liverpool have responsibility for the maintenance of the city’s parks and open spaces, cemeteries and golf courses including sports grounds and play areas totalling 14 million square metres.
Peter Cosgrove, General Manager of Glendale Liverpool, said: “We are really proud of our apprenticeship programme which is helping bring on a new generation of staff with horticulture skills.”
People who are interested need to register by 4pm on Friday 26 September by calling 0151 233 4699 or 0151 233 5346. They will then be invited to attend a presentation at the Holiday Inn at St John’s Centre on Tuesday 30 September at 1:15pm.
The cost of being NEET from 16-18 years old is estimated to cost the public purse around £56,000.