Continuing our series on idverde’s apprentices, past and present, Camden-based Jarred Warren tells us about his experience as a Level 2 Horticulture apprentice since joining the company last year.
Jarred Warren, based in Camden
Why did you decide to do this Apprenticeship?
I decided to do it for a few reasons: I want to expand my knowledge of horticulture; I want to challenge myself; I want to grow within the company. I have a degree in environmental management, and combining this apprenticeship course with it can hopefully enable me to grow, not only as an individual, but as a company employee.
Tell us about a recent day at work
I was carrying our estate maintenance at 75 Fitzjohns Avenue Estate in Camden. I spent the day leafing the estate, pruning roses, reducing ivy, and cutting back a large laurel at the entrance of the estate.
I enjoy a typical day like this on an estate, as I engage with residents as well as undertaking various tasks in the day, making it more interesting than, for example, doing the same thing for the whole day.
What’s an interesting fact you’ve learned during your Apprenticeship so far?
Unit 8 covers plant nomenclature. I found it interesting to learn how plants are identified according to their family, genus, and species, and how this differentiates from its common name.
What are the best things about being an Apprentice?
The best is knowing that the company has identified the value within me in offering me the opportunity to do the Apprenticeship.
The worst is time management between my horticultural role and responsibilities for the area I cover in the borough, and doing the Apprenticeship (a good challenge to have).
Why would you recommend people take up an Apprenticeship with idverde?
I would recommend doing it as it will allow you to grow as an individual and challenge yourself. It will also assist with growing the company.
What advice would you give to anyone considering doing an Apprenticeship?
Don’t think that you will be on your own without any support. idverde offers a big support network, therefore allowing you to complete the Apprenticeship and your job at the same time.
Where would you like to be in five years?
I would like to be still working with idverde. I would like to have grown into a role leading a team, and I hope to be involved in a role that incorporates environmental management.
What does Jarred’s tutor say?
Jarred has played a very active role in lessons, even at this early stage. He has offered answers to questions when asked, and advice to others if they need it. He has produced all the work set and within the time frame, with criteria points being completed with extremely high quality of work.