Continuing our series on idverde’s apprentices, past and present, Luke Bishop tells us about his experience as a Level 2 Horticulture apprentice.
Luke Bishop, based in East Peckham, Kent
Why did you decide to do this Apprenticeship?
To better my knowledge of horticulture and to help me move up in my career.
Tell us about a recent day at work
I drove to the yard from Hastings, and loaded up tools for the day. We have staggered start times at the moment due to Covid. The main tasks currently are leaf clearing, moss sweeping, and preparing all grounds for spraying, plus some litter picking and hedge cutting as well. After working on site we head back to the yard to unload tools, drive down to the Country Park to tip, and then drive home.
What’s an interesting fact you’ve learned during your Apprenticeship so far?
How the plant names break down into family, genus, species, and sub-species.
What are the best things about being an Apprentice?
The best thing about being an apprentice is increasing your knowledge surrounded by so many friendly and like-minded individuals, be they fellow apprentices, buddies or tutors. A really good support network. The worst thing is we can only meet online for now!
Why would you recommend people take up an Apprenticeship with idverde?
A piece of advice I heard ages ago that stuck with me is that your employer pays you twice: once with the wage (short-term payment) and once with experience (long-term payment). The apprenticeship is an amazing experience so far and will hopefully boost my career in idverde.
What advice would you give to anyone considering doing an Apprenticeship?
Do it, and don’t worry if you think you don’t know enough to start out with, there are no stupid questions!
Where would you like to be in five years?
I’d very much like to work in a park closer to home – the Manor Gardens or Alexandra Park would be amazing – and hopefully this NVQ will give me the skills and knowledge to be approved.
What does Luke’s tutor say?
Luke has started his apprenticeship in the manner I would like from all, he has paid full attention during the group lessons he has taken part in, with personal experience and by answering questions raised.
Luke has also asked regular questions and advice whilst studying at home on assignments and on site from experienced members of the team and management when in the depot.