Askham Bryan College

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Growing Enterprises

Two enterprises at the Askham Bryan College Horticulture Unit are helping students to develop their skills and get hands-on experience which will help them to establish and run their own businesses.

The WorldsSkills Landscape Academy

Askham Bryan College is home to the UK WorldSkills Landscape Academy and Harry Turner, landscape manager and horticulture lecturer, is the UK Team Training Manager. The competition includes regional heats and national finals before selection of two students to represent the UK at world level.

As Harry explains: “During their training each competitor’s skill level is assessed for strengths and weaknesses and an individual training plan is drawn up. Each competitor then competes in a one day individual event in which they have seven hours to achieve the required standard, according to the WorldSkills marking scheme. It’s great preparation for the kinds of situation they will need to be able to handle when they are running their own businesses. The tasks involved are paving an area 1.5 metres square, building a specified structure, planting and turfing. They also have to consider health and safety procedures, working processes and technical accuracy. We have been sponsored by some of the biggest names in landscaping including Marshalls Landscape Products, our main sponsor and companies such Makita UK Ltd, Thompson Builders, Elcocks Power Tools Ltd and Brathay Hall Trust.

Keith Chapman, one of the members of the UK team who won Medals of Excellence at WorldSkills 2007 in Shizuoka, Japan, is testimony to the benefits of being part of the squad. He has gone on to found his own successful business, using the skills, confidence and experience he gained during the competition.

The Green House

Meanwhile, just across the campus, the College has opened its own floristry shop, ‘The Green House’ giving students the chance to develop their skills in a real life working environment. Customers can purchase plants, bouquets and a wide range of floristry sundries. Orders can be placed for weddings, funerals, celebrations and special occasions and are deigned and made by a trained team of specialists: Askham Bryan College won the Best College in Show Award for their floristry displays at Harrogate Spring Flower Show and senior lecturer Catherine Pepper is part of the WorldSkills training team for floristry.

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