We have a policy of training our staff whether they are new recruits or established team members who have worked with us for many years.
These can be an excellent way of giving our younger team members an introduction to landscape contracting.
Most recently we have worked in partnership with Merrist Wood College to train Oliver to a level 2 qualification. Having completed his apprenticeship he has now progressed to lead grounds maintenance teams.
2. Level 2 and 3 Qualifications
Some of our staff join us with a good understanding of grounds maintenance and hard landscape practices but lack formal qualifications. However through their hard work and endeavours in partnership with Merrist Wood College and The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) achieve learning qualifications to at least level 2 & 3. This underpins their practical knowledge giving them more confidence to carry out tasks professionally and to a high standard.
Continuous Professional Development is vital to hone existing skills and learn new ones.
However many years one has been in the grounds care and hard landscape industry there is always more to learn (I include myself in this).
All established members of staff frequently go on courses to refresh skills or learn new ones.
Recently three team members undertook a National Plant Operators Scheme (NPORS) refresher course in dumper operation vital if we are to remain safe and work on all sites.
4. New Ventures
Our business is a constantly evolving one. As new opportunities present themselves to us to take advantage of them can involve course in disciplines previously undeveloped within the company.
As an example our Winter gritting operation demanded greater capacity and as a result we have bought two salt spreading lorries to cope with demand. However we required drivers able to drive them. Three of us therefore went on an H.G.V. course which now gives us much greater salt spreading capacity.
5. Specialist Skills
As our business evolves so do our roles with some of our clients. We have accordingly had to adapt to these new or enhanced tasks. One of our local authority customers had a requirement for regular children’s play equipment inspections. This was a skill that we did not possess as a company. Consequently three team members have taken a ROSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Routine Playground Inspection course. We can now fulfil our new obligations.
Nigel Jeffries Landscapes provides specialist commercial grounds maintenance to schools, local authorities and commercial properties in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Middlesex, Surrey and Sussex. If you would like to find out more, please do get in touch.