The British Association of Landscape Industries’ (BALI) careers initiative, GoLandscape, has partnered with with YMCA Training to support its work delivering industry apprenticeships.
The announcement comes in the wake of a 28% shortfall in the number of apprenticeships being undertaken in the UK.
Along with a decrease in apprenticeships, the Open University has recently reported that only 8% of companies in the UK have drawn from their levy, proving that more support is needed to inspire, educate and encourage industry employers to understand the benefits of taking on apprentices as part of their workforce.
YMCA Training – part of Central YMCA – helps young people find new opportunities through work and training, and according to the group thousands of apprentices are trained and go on to build “rewarding and fulfilling careers”.
BALI’s education officer, Stephen Ensell, said: “GoLandscape is proud to support YMCA Training in the industry apprenticeships they offer; their bespoke training means that, nationally, they can help landscapers develop a workforce that addresses the skill shortfalls they so desperately need, which in turn helps boost the economy and grow their own business.”