The College offers over 40 apprenticeship subject frameworks -
one of the largest available and regularly works with employers to
deliver bespoke elements to the training. Of course, subjects
include construction and engineering, but others include
hairdressing, the creative industries, early years, business
administration and IT and land-based industries.
The College's countryside Kirkley Hall campus, located in
Ponteland, just outside of Newcastle offers dedicated facilities
for apprenticeships within the land-based sector including
agriculture, arboriculture, environmental conservation and
landscape gardening and horticulture. And the college topped its
targets in this area by 25%.
Mark Fairbairn, a Northumberland College Level 3 Horticulture
Apprentice from Blakelaw is just one example of this success.
Mark took up a position at Newcastle-based landscaping company -
The One Company six months ago and has already become an asset to
The One Company covers all aspects of design, landscaping and
grounds maintenance from the smallest domestic garden, to large
scale industrial and commercial contracts.
Mark, who completed his Level 2 Apprenticeship with a previous
employer, applied for his current role to further develop his
skills and said: "Horticulture is what I'm passionate about and
this apprenticeship is the perfect stepping stone into my future
career. The skills I have developed have given me the confidence to
consider starting my own business in the future."
Apprentices at The One Company are given a broad range of
experience and work with different teams on a range of different
projects to give them a good variation and maximum proficiency.
Mike Evans, Contracts Manager at The One Company, said: "Mark
has proved himself and is a valuable member of the team. He has
been working on soft landscaping projects such as tree planting,
shrub planting and laying turf at our housing development projects
across Northumberland, Tyneside, Wearside and Teesside."
Mark works four days per week at The One Company and attends the
Kirkley Hall campus one day per week.
Catherine Johnston, Horticulture tutor at Northumberland
College, said:"Mark is a high performing student and we get really
positive feedback on how he's fitting in within the workplace."
To find out more about how an apprentice could benefit your
company please visit www.northumberland.ac.uk/employers