A CHESHIRE garden centre has launched an apprenticeship scheme.
Tarporley Garden Centre in Cotebrook is offering the 12-month programme, which includes an apprenticeship wage, to people aged 16 and over.
Manager Neil MacWilliam said: “The scheme is the first of its kind for the horticultural industry and is a great opportunity for people to gain employment, particularly during the current economic climate.
“The apprenticeship will combine a blended learning approach with full integration into the garden centre.
“Knowledge-based learning will be accessed online, while college-based classes, which will take place at selected horticultural colleges, will develop the apprentices’ practical skills. These will then be put into practice in the workplace.”
He added: “We are recruiting individuals for our July to September intake. The closing date for registrations is Tuesday, July 31.”
All apprentices who successfully complete the programme will receive a work-based Diploma in Horticulture and a ‘celebration bonus’ of £500.
To register email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01829 760 433.