National green service provider Glendale has reported an increase in the number of staff undergoing apprenticeships within the business.
It says apprentices make up 8.5% of the current workforce, compared with 5.8% in 2016. Glendale said it is continually working to increase the numbers as part of its membership of ‘The 5% Club’, an initiative designed to encourage UK firms to commit to 5% of their total workforce comprising apprentices, sponsored students or graduates within five years.
In 2017 Glendale was also involved in designing a new 12-month arboriculture apprenticeship in partnership with Cornwall College, with the aim of increasing the quality of training available in the industry.
Sue McGrath, human resources director at Glendale, said: “We are proud to be a part of ‘The 5% Club’, it’s an initiative that can really make a difference to the lives of people looking to gain new skills and improve their prospects. The fact that the number of apprentices within the company is continuing to grow is a reflection of our commitment in this area.”
She added: “Our apprentices are invaluable to the business and it’s imperative that we and other employers provide individuals with ample opportunities for practical training and the qualifications required to build careers.”