Launched in 2016, Future Gardeners is an innovative training and work experience scheme, giving participants the core skills to gain entry level jobs in the horticulture industry without having any previous experience or specialist education.
Bankside Open Spaces Trust has teamed up with The Worshipful Company of Gardeners and the Royal Parks Guild, to deliver the programme set to run for five years. Open to all who want to try out a career in gardening, Future Gardeners is an educational scheme doesn’t require entrants to have minimum educational qualifications.
As well as pre-apprenticeship training and a City & Guilds qualification, the budding horticulturists will have their career options enhanced by being introduced to key employers in the sector, including some at London’s finest parks and gardens.
“We are well on the way to realising our objective of gardening and horticulture being a career path for young people who might not have thought of it, had the opportunity to consider it, or are facing challenges within their lives”
Bernard Williams, Master, The Worshipful Company of Gardeners
So far over 30 Future Gardeners have taken part in this scheme and 22 have fully qualified through this initiative.