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.
Rob Ware based in Chippenham
Rob joined idverde in 2017 and decided to enrol on our Apprenticeship to better his knowledge.
What type of Apprenticeship are you doing?
Level 2 in Horticulture / Landscaping
Why did you decide to do this Apprenticeship?
I wanted to better my knowledge within the industry.
Tell us about a recent day at work
I go into work and set the guys up with their jobs for the day, then check emails and book in any vehicles that need repairs. Then I go out on site visits.
What’s an interesting fact you’ve learned during your Apprenticeship so far?
It’s hard to pick one thing – the whole course has been informative.
What are the best (and the worst!) things about being an Apprentice?
The worst for me has to be Maths functional skills as I struggle with Maths, but the best part has to be winning two Gold Awards for my garden design at the Royal Bath and West Show.
Why would you recommend people take up an Apprenticeship with idverde?
The knowledge of the trainers is second to none, and you will gain so much knowledge yourself.
What advice would you give to anyone considering doing an Apprenticeship?
Go for it! You will benefit in the long run.
Where would you like to be in five years?
I would like to be Supervisor. I am currently acting Supervisor but would like to be full time Contract Supervisor.
What does Rob’s tutor say?
Rob has consistently produced a really good standard in his coursework and it has been a pleasure to work with him. His creativity really shone with his garden design at the Bath and West Show.