Quadron has been supporting Thrive in Battersea Park for a number of years by providing training to some of our client gardeners who are looking to move on with their lives and gain employment.
The grounds maintenance company provides service to Local Authorities and similar organisations throughout London, the Midlands and the South.
Recently the team at Quadron in Battersea Park have been assisting our client gardeners on our successful 'Working it Out’ programme by providing small plant training on pedestrian mower and back pack blower.
So it’s huge congratulations to Andrew and Daniel for successfully completing their small plant training and they received their certificates this week.
The training was delivered by Quadron Wandsworth's Lantra-trained trainer, Garry Bishop, who said: "Daniel and Andrew were very enthusiastic about learning how to use the mower and blower in a safe manner. It was a pleasure training them and I hope it will be useful to them in their quest for future employment."
Marc Owen, horticultural therapist at Thrive said: "As well as the very hands-on, green-fingered training Thrive provides its clients within Battersea Park, it’s also great to see them getting to grips with the more powerful elements of garden maintenance.
"In this instance, both Dan and Andy demonstrated their enthusiasm and ability at getting to grips with modern plant equipment, quickly getting up to speed with commercial blowers and mowers. Well done to them both!"
Dan and Andy are working towards their Level 2 City and Guilds qualification in Work Based Horticulture and have been with Thrive for over 6 months having both first started on the Boursin programme.
Working it Out is our training programme for unemployed Londoners whose disability or mental ill health acts as a barrier to employment.
It is a work shadowing programme designed for people who want to enter paid employment but find it hard to access training and employment opportunities and who need support to develop the necessary skills.
Gardening in small groups of 8-10, people receive 1 on 1 support from a Thrive horticultural therapist and their team to create a personal development programme addressing their support needs.
They will also work towards a City & Guilds horticulture qualification, have access to a work experience placement with an employer (such as Quadron), develop an understanding of the work place and gain the employment skills they need to hold down a job.
Working it Out offers people the flexibility to work and develop at their own pace. Participants attend the programme one day each week between 9.30 and 3pm for a period of anything between 6 months to 2 years, dependent upon their commitment, abilities, skills and support needs.
Employment advice is offered as part of the Working it Out training. This includes group workshops that cover interview skills and techniques, CV surgeries, confidence building and effective job searching methods.
There is also the chance to have one to one sessions that can be used for creating/re-writing CVs, mock interviews or career planning.
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