Quadron is able to provide excellent workplace experience across a range of both horticultural and administrative job roles and has established links with many colleges and training providers. The three year apprenticeship programme offered generally culminates with the offer of a full time role as a horticultural team leader or similar.
Please see the case studies on the right for examples of our successful apprentices, as well as the links to CABE's website which cites Quadron's scheme in Birmingham as an example of good practice.
Quadron's apprentices have received numerous accolades:
- In 2013, Southwark apprentice, Natalie Meredith was named as the Green-tech Apprentice of the Year. A second apprentice on Quadron's Southwark contract was also shortlisted for the award.
- In 2015, Southwark-based apprentice, Paul Sellars, received the London Garden Society Award for showing a pride in London through horticulture.
- In 2009, Quadron apprentice, Andy Pember, won the Horticulture Week's Landscape & Amenity "Apprentice of the Year" award.
Quadron works in conjunction with its clients to ensure that its apprenticeships cover the full range of horticultural experience. Apprentices are always deployed to work alongside a skilled horticulturalist. They are rotated between sites to maximise their exposure to different maintenance issues. Third year students are encouraged to work independently and to begin to take charge of a team.
When taking on apprentices and targeting groups for recruitment Quadron will focus on young people living within the local area and particularly those from under represented groups in the industry, for example females. On larger contracts "taster days" are held for potential candidates to experience a day's work to see if it is something they would enjoy. Another means of entry onto the scheme is through Groundwork, a charity providing opportunities for the long term unemployed. These tend to be slightly older people who have not previously found their vocation in life, who enjoy the opportunity to work outdoors and see the fruits of their labours and wish to develop the skills which will lead to a successful career. Quadron has taken on several permanent apprentices who have worked originally on a temporary Groundwork placement scheme.