At idverde we realise the importance of engaging with the next generation of colleagues across our business, whether that be gardeners, landscapers, or more office-based roles.
We believe Apprenticeships are fundamentally important in giving younger people, or, indeed, those who have been the industry some time, the opportunity to learn on the job in a structured way and to gain a qualification.
For National Apprenticeship Week, we’ve been chatting to some of our Apprentices to find out more about their experiences on their learning journey.
Dan Pulham based in East Peckham, Kent
Dan joined idverde in 2019 and decided to enrol on our Apprenticeship through our in-house Performance Campus to broaden his knowledge.
What type of Apprenticeship are you doing?
Level 2 in Horticulture
Why did you decide to do this Apprenticeship?
I decided I wanted to broaden my knowledge on shrubs and understand more about the ways in which I am supposed to carry out work the right way. Until now, I have only cut things when they are a nuisance instead of when is best for the shrubs, and didn’t know anything about the shrub itself, like its name, family, type or when it’s best to prune.
Tell us about a recent day at work
At the moment we are in winter and we are prepping all of our sites for easy maintenance this coming season. So my teammate and I come into work at our allotted time (we have staggered start times to help prevent the spread of Covid). We load up our van with the tools we need to do our work for the day, drive out to site, and look to see what needs doing, ready for a good start. Mostly it’s leaf clearing, scraping weeds off hard standing, moss sweeping, trimming shrubs. Then the next job once this round is complete is to weed kill all our hard standing and shrub bed areas.
Then we head back to the yard, unload our tools and then travel to the country park to offload our green waste. Then it’s home.
What’s an interesting fact you’ve learned during your Apprenticeship so far?
Learning the Latin names for plants and how to break down a shrub’s name to find out about it (Family, Genus, Species, Sub-species, Hybrid) has been the most interesting so far.
What are the best (and the worst!) things about being an Apprentice?
The best is that I am broadening my knowledge every day. The worst is that, due to Covid-19, we are studying at home, but the system does work really well.
Why would you recommend people take up an Apprenticeship with idverde?
It is really good to learn more about the things that we believe we already know about.
What advice would you give to anyone considering doing an Apprenticeship?
Do it! It will only help you in the long-run. Just pay attention and remember that they are there to help benefit you and the company.
Where would you like to be in five years?
In five years I would have like to have worked my way through a Level 3 in Horticulture and progressed to a Head Gardener or a working supervisor so that I can apply my new-found knowledge every day to help myself, my team, and the company in the future.
What does Dan’s tutor say?
Despite the fact Dan has only been on the Apprenticeship for two months he has already shown his hunger to learn. Dan plays a valued role in the lessons we have held, offering advice to all from his experience, but also listening to what others have to offer.
Dan asks many questions to his with his work for college, which has included how he can use and promote this in his day-to-day work.