Jaime Gould receiving ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award

Grow your skills with a Horticultural Apprenticeship

Gavin Jones employ many apprentices across the group, three of which are thriving at our Royal Parks.
Apprenticeship schemes combine on the job training provided by our existing grounds maintenance teams with a recognised qualification. Jamie Gould, 19, is in his third year of a Royal Parks Apprenticeship, which is said to be the most prestigious scheme in the country for training young horticulturists.

“Our Royal Parks apprentices are studying the Horticulture & Landscape Operative Level 2 Standards apprenticeship with Capel Manor. They will then go on to do RHS Level 2 units depending on their capabilities.
We have 1 apprentice per year on each Royal Park and we will be recruiting for this year’s apprentices in May. Qualified graduates go on to permanent jobs within the Royal Parks or other Gavin Jones locations.” – Bryony, Gavin Jones Training Manager

Jane Pelly, head of landscape at The Royal Parks, said: “We were delighted to announce the graduation of this year’s apprentices and to award Jamie Gould The Royal Parks Guild award for the best apprentice of his year group.
The group have qualified as skilled gardeners with a vast and unique experience from working in London’s historic parkland, under some of the finest horticultural experts in the country.
The graduates have worked incredibly hard and are ideally placed to start a fantastic career in the horticultural and park-management industry.
Many past apprentices now work as park managers, supervisors or contract managers for The Royal Parks – as well as in other high-profile locations, including Buckingham Palace and prestigious gardens worldwide”. – November edition of Your Local Guardian

Jamie is currently responsible for maintaining the woodland garden at Richmond Park known as the Isabella Plantation. This year, the fourth year of his apprenticeship, he will work in environmental conservation.

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