A supportive YMCA tutor
Instead of George travelling to college every week, YMCA Tutor, Andrew Harwood, regularly visits George on site. This way, George can carry on working without any interruption to his work or the business.
Most of George’s exercises and assessments are built into the day-to-day tasks of the business, making it easier for both the employer and the apprentice. George really values his time with Andrew:
“I certainly wouldn’t have been able to do this without my YMCA Tutor. Andrew coordinates all the practical work and coursework that I need to do. Every six weeks I’ll meet him for a day and we’ll review my course work. He helps me with anything I’m struggling with and then he allocates the next six weeks of work. If I have any questions, I speak to him. He makes it possible for me to achieve a certain standard. Andrew has really helped me.”
Looking to the future
Although he’s half way through his apprenticeship, George still has plenty to learn from Richard and the business.
When he achieves his ‘Horticultural Operative Level 2’, further options will be available to him including a potential job with Melville Brown Ltd, further courses in management or possibly a job with another employer.
Whatever George decides, he’ll have a qualification, training, experience and the confidence to make his way in a career he loves. George has set his sights on Horticulture Business Management:
“I want to climb the ladder as high as possible. I’d still like to be involved with landscaping, but I’d like to be in charge. I want to have something in my name that people know me for – that would be my dream. Hopefully I can get to that. This is the first step that I need to take – it’s the qualification that will enable me to do what I want to do.”
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