Burleys has been awarded a multi-year contract to maintain parks and open spaces for Newport Pagnell Town Council.
The work will see the Royal Warrant holder undertake grass cutting, shrub, bed and hedge maintenance, cleansing and playground inspections, as well as litter picking and bin emptying across 14 sites in the Buckinghamshire town.
Burleys is increasing the size of its maintenance team to tackle the role, one of whom will be an apprentice taken on as part of the wider TCL Group’s formal apprenticeship programme.
Part of his appointment will see him attend Bedford College to complete an NVQ level 2 in Amenity Horticulture.
The apprenticeship programme is aimed at ensuring the TCL Group – of which Burleys is part – has a constant flow of well-trained colleagues to support its ambitious expansion plans.
It provides a structured focus which will help the TCL Group plan its growth strategy, offer colleagues essential formal qualifications and attract more people to the company and to the industry as a whole.
Apprenticeships thus far have covered finance, construction and horticulture. And while the majority are young, the company is also appealing to more mature employees.
Burleys MD Tony Cammiss explained: “The apprenticeship programme is a win-win for both parties. The apprentices benefit from formal NVQ level 2 and 3 diploma training, with a view to more formal employment on completion of their initial course.
“The benefits for TCL are a motivated, well trained workforce and industry recognition.
“Not only does the business show commitment and loyalty to the apprentice by providing these opportunities in the short term, but also by continuing to invest we expect to see a similar level of loyalty reciprocated by the employees. In addition, as the business continues to grow, we have seen historically that opportunities will arise which will enable employees to further develop and flourish via internal promotions.”