Ground Control to launch apprenticeship with Interserve and Sandwell Schools following project success
Earlier this year, we were delighted to support our client Interserve and Sandwell Schools on a taster day, giving students with learning difficulties the chance to sample a day in the life of the horticulture profession. As part of this, the students at The Westminster School were invited to help transform an overgrown area of the school grounds into a beautiful sensory garden.
Roy Candlin, Supervisor for our contract at Sandwell Schools, and our field team on-site were on hand to supervise the project, teaching the students as they worked. Together, the team removed all unwanted shrubs and weeds to make space for new planting.
As part of Ground Control’s growing relationship with Sandwell Schools, Roy has been working closely with the students on a range of projects including a Gruffalo Woodland Walk, which will create a great new area for the schools and children to enjoy.
In the coming months, we hope to offer supported apprenticeships in partnership with Sandwell Schools and Interserve, to those individuals who wish to embark on a career within the horticulture industry. This will involve students spending a number of days a week with Roy out of the classroom, to gain invaluable experience and skills needed to progress into employment.
Gareth Williams, Regional Contracts Manager commented; “Through the hard work of Roy, his team, the teachers at the school and of course, the students, the internship project looks likely to succeed. Only a small percentage of students with learning difficulties manage to hold down employment after their education and it is projects and people like this that help increase this figure. Well done to all involved!”
Oliver Flowers, The Westminster School Head Teacher commented; “The hard work of everyone was astounding and it is remarkable what they have been able to achieve in one day. Thanks to all at Ground Control for making this happen. It just shows you what can be achieved by harnessing business partnerships.”