John O'Conner Grounds Maintenance is entering its third year helping young unemployed people into a new career. Working with Jobcentre Plus, it offers sector based work academies, work experience and apprenticeship opportunities. Apprenticeship candidates are offered training in work and courses including NVQ Levels 2 and 3 at Capel Manor College.
In 2013, the company has opportunities for eight students to work on contracts at Alexandra Palace, and North and East Herts District Councils. Students will learn the basics of ground preparation, planting, tree identification and safe use of tools. Two candidates from the 2011 intake are now permanently employed by John O'Conner and training for Level 2 NVQ in Horticulture.
Marie Green of Job Centre Plus said: “We're happy to be working closely with John O'Conner on these work experience opportunities. They're very successful and provide a solid platform and career opportunities.”
John O'Conner starts its 2013-14 apprenticeship scheme in May. Full details will be available at: www.johnoconner.co.uk.