Sowing the seeds of success

Two young men from Netherley are the latest success stories from the Young Persons Opportunities Project (YPOP) and its Key to Apprenticeships programme in Horticulture.

17-year-olds Adam and Connor found out about Key to Apprenticeships through YPOP’s outreach work in the local community and youth clubs. They had not been in education or employment since leaving school over a year ago.

The 10-week Key to Apprenticeships programme in Horticulture at YPOP combines practical horticulture skills with boosting competencies in maths, English and personal development. It gives young people qualities that employers look for in new recruits.

During their practical sessions, Adam and Connor worked outside on a variety of land spaces, using different tools and techniques. Specialist horticulture tutors gave them professional guidance in key areas such as building, planting planters for the local village, and growing vegetables for pensioners.

Having completed the course, Adam and Connor have achieved Level 1 qualifications in horticulture and personal development, additional qualifications in maths and English, and certificates in manual handling.

The future’s now bright for the green-fingered duo – they hope to progress onto full Apprenticeships in horticulture. They are also setting up their own business together – a gardening service for local pensioners.

Connor, said:

“YPOP’s Key to Apprenticeships programme gave Adam and I a real taste of what a career in horticulture has to offer. We’re both proud of our achievements and are looking forward to starting our careers in this industry. YPOP has really supported us, helping us to achieve job skills and qualifications, and encouraging us the whole way”.

YPOP project manager, Ann Johnson, said:

“We’ve been delivering vocational programmes to young people since 2000. Schools we work with include Parklands High School, St Hilda’s College, St Julies High School, SFX College, Calderstones School, Belvedere Academy, Gateacre School, Palmerston Special School, Palmerston Special School, Halewood Academy, ESLA and Archbishop Blanch School, providing vocational training to their pupils aged14 and over. Many of these pupils come onto courses with us when they leave school, gaining further qualifications to enhance their careers prospects. YPOP has already offered over 60 Key to Apprenticeships places to local young people finishing school this summer. We look forward to many more successes like those of Adam and Connor.”

For more information call Young Persons Opportunities Project 0151 233 2078

www.key2apprenticeships.co.uk