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Celebrating five years of successful youth promotion

30th August, 2022

We’ve recently celebrated half a decade of success within our in-house apprenticeships and trainee manager programmes.

We currently have eight members of staff who have graduated from the initiatives into more senior roles or are actively working through our training and management scheme.

“It is really encouraging seeing so many energetic and enthusiastic young people coming into the business.

Andy Johnson, Managing Director

Career in horticulture

This is a great time to embark on a career in production horticulture. With so many opportunities and technical challenges, there should be a very rewarding career ahead for those who embark on the journey. These initiatives provide the opportunity for adding to and learning from the wealth of experience already in the business. I look forward to seeing leaders of the future emerge.

Our members of staff who have benefitted from our programmes include Carla Nash, who was voted 2016 Midland Regional Grower’s Apprentice of the Year and successfully completed her apprenticeship in 2016. She is now our Potting and Resource Supervisor.

Opportunity to shine

Kyle Ross, our Container Unit Production Manager, oversees our growing, stock control, crop protection and product development departments. He completed our trainee manager programme in 2018 after graduating with a BSc in Horticulture from Pershore College. He is also responsible for our biosecurity and plant health protocols.

Ross says: “Wyevale Nurseries offer so much support to their apprentices and trainee managers, who are given every opportunity to shine and thrive in the business. Valuable skills are gained and invaluable plant and technical knowledge that can be applied to all aspects of horticulture.”

Harry Downes graduated from our trainee manager programme in 2021, working through a COVID-19 struck season, and now holds the role of Propagation Supervisor.
Our members of staff who have benefitted from our programmes include Carla Nash, who was voted 2016 Midland Regional Grower’s Apprentice.

Young, enthusiastic people 

Cian Lynch and Sam Lloyd both passed through our apprentice programme in 2021 and now have the positions of Amenity Sales Executive and Potting Shed Team Leader respectively.

New additions to the company are Oliver Handscomb and Josh Pascoe, who joined as apprentices in September 2021, and Julia Germaniuk, who is working towards completing our trainee manager course.

Steve Reed, our Production Director, says: “As someone at the other end of his career, it is great to have young, enthusiastic people coming through the company. They really care about plants, the environment, and what we do. It is always a pleasure to work with them.”

Interested in a career with us?

We’re always looking for talented individuals to join us in all areas of our business. Visit our careers page to learn more.