Apprenticeships in Hackney's parks for young people

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By ABattisby | Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 22:53

Young people aged 16-24 are being invited to apply for an apprenticeship post, to work in Hackney’s parks and open spaces.

Applicants must live in Hackney, and if successful will receive a competitive salary of £15,036, plus training, mentoring and a qualification.

Kayleigh Stirling, age 24, is currently an apprentice gardener with the Council, and her responsibilities include planting, pruning, lawn maintenance, clearing leaves, and keeping paths clear.

She said: "Being given the opportunity to gain practical experience while attending college has been an ideal way to begin my career in horticulture, and the support available from colleagues and all of the Council staff is hugely beneficial. Working in the parks and green spaces in my local area is a wonderful experience, using what I have learnt to keep parks maintained to a high standard."

Cllr Karen Alcock, Deputy Mayor of Hackney, said: “Hackney Council is on the side of residents during difficult economic times – we have a number of programmes for apprentices that are helping young people in the borough into work, so if you are interested in this post, or know someone who might be, I strongly urge you to find out more about it.”

Keep Britain Tidy - the organisation that aims to improve local parks and open spaces - has given 10 Green Flag awards to Hackney.

Hackney also has the highest proportion of open space of any inner London borough, ranging from the Marshes to Hoxton Square.

The closing date is 31 January – for more information visit Hackney Council Website or contact 020 8356 3288.



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