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Homebase launches new garden academy for green fingered apprentices
HOMEBASE is looking for apprentices who will grow at its new garden academy in Basingstoke.
The ground-breaking Homebase Garden Academy apprenticeship scheme has been set up by the retailer in Winchester Road with gold winning Chelsea garden designer Adam Frost.
The aim is to help raise the profile of a career in gardening and inspire gardening talent of the future.
Open to those aged 16 and over, the scheme offers apprentices a broad experience of gardening and horticulture.
Each month, they will spend time learning from Adam about garden planning and design, as well as develop detailed product knowledge covering planting and landscaping and learning practical horticultural skills to earn a Royal Horticultural Society Level 1 Award.
Apprentices will also work at the Basingstoke store to gain experience of garden retailing, where they will learn detailed plant knowledge to help customers make the best choices for their garden.
Those completing the scheme to a satisfactory level will also have a job offer at the store.
Adam said: “I’m increasingly worried that our next generation of young people are not connecting with what’s outside their back door.
“This is not only a social issue, but increasingly a challenge for our industry.
“I was really inspired by Homebase’s store colleagues who helped me build The Homebase Garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and realised that by working together, we have the opportunity to do something special and inspire these apprentices through a variety of experiences to go on and do great things.”
Matthew Compton, Homebase trading director for garden,(OK) said: “As one of the UK’s leading garden retailers, we are committed to championing our industry as a great career choice. “The Garden Academy provides an exciting opportunity for people to make the most of their passion for the outdoors, regardless of their gardening experience.”
Throughout the scheme apprentices will receive their own personal set of gardening tools, and will also be given a video camera and net book to record a diary of their experience.
To apply for a place on the Garden Academy, visit homebasegardenacademy.com before Monday September 16.
Applicants will be invited to assessment day on Tuesday October 1, at RHS Wisley.
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