Apprenticeship scheme gets to work on the Wandle Valley

A horticulture training scheme in the Wandle Valley is being launched tomorrow by Groundwork London.

river_wandleBIGWorking together with housing associations and local authorities, Groundwork London uses environmentally sustainable schemes to try to fulfill three main aims: “creating better places”; “greener living and working”; and “improving people’s prospects”. Their new Green Teams working along the River Wandle, through Merton and Croydon and along the Wandle Trail footpath, is looking to deliver across all three of those objectives.

“There has been a long-held ambition to integrate training and employment opportunities for young people into the development of the Wandle Valley Regional Park and with a recent successful bid to the Mayor’s Big Green Fund we’re thrilled this has now become possible with the launch of the Wandle Green Team,” said Sue Morgan, the chief executive of the Wandle Valley Regional Park.

Groundwork’s Green Teams will provide temporary employment and training for young people to prepare them for future careers in horticulture. Four young apprentices will join the Wandle Green Team, employed on a full-time basis for six months, after which they will continue in paid apprenticeship with Merton council or Quadron Services for a further 12 months. All apprentices will attend college each week and complete a Level 2 Diploma in work-based horticulture and Level 1 in functional skills during their Green Team training.

The Wandle Green Team will carry out a programme of horticulture work along the Wandle Trail, specified by the landscape consultants for Wandle Valley Regional Park. This will involve vegetation clearance, habitat construction, redefining and repairing pathways, tree and shrub planting and felling small trees.

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