Frogheath Landscapes and Wealden Works pull together to help school leavers.
Frogheath Landscapes is no stranger to apprenticeships, the award winning, Burwash Weald based company regularly takes on apprentices to work in their busy landscaping business.
They recently struck it lucky with Harrison Tamkin, who came their way via Wealden Works, a local charity offering young people help finding employment. The charity annually supports 40 young people aged between 16-24 who are not in work or education living in the Wealden area.
Harrison Tamkin completed one of the Wealden Works virtual courses that was available to Year 11 school leavers in the area, during the period of Lockdown.
He started the course soon after his 16th birthday, as he was about to leave Heathfield Community College in the July, and he wanted to be part of an apprenticeship scheme rather than carry on to a local college.
The online course included modules covering work and life skills and discussions about his interests and hobbies and possible local opportunities that matched his skillset and interests. Harrison was also given help to construct his CV.
Wealden Works reported that:” On a second meeting he arrived with a job advert in hand ‘Landscaping Apprentice, Frogheath Landscapes’, he put the advertisement on the table and said ‘I would like to work there.’ With this kind of attitude, we were desperate to help and get him that first interview. “
Frogheath Landscapes and Wealden Works have an established relationship working together over the past 9 years. Frogheath had previously taken on a number of Wealden Work’s apprentices, and understand the barriers young people face when looking for work in a rural location.
Unfortunately, the position had been filled, but Frogheath wanted to help so they offered Harrison some work experience to help him gain a reference. However, the story didn’t end there, because he did go on to be offered an apprenticeship, as Hayley Wood, Project Manager at Frogheath Landscapes explains:
“Upon meeting Harrison we were very impressed with his maturity and professionalism for his age. Having this much enthusiasm for a job opportunity was very refreshing.
We are delighted to give Harrison the chance to work in an industry he was passionate about and he has not disappointed! He continues to go from strength to strength and is a delight to have on our team. We look forward to coaching him through his apprenticeship and into his career as a Landscaper”
Harrison also commented:
“I’m so pleased Frogheath have taken me on I have already learnt so much about landscaping and I feel like I’m at the start of a great career. The team I work with are very supportive and knowledgeable, so every day I feel like I’m learning a new skill”.