New Starters' Conference
“Real People, Real Opportunities, Real Careers"
11am - Wednesday 14th September 2016
To further LANDSCAPE’s commitment to developing the industry it will be hosting the LANDSCAPE New Starters Conference in conjunction with Perennial, the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping all people who work in horticulture when times get tough.
Who should attend? If you are studying or starting in area of horticulture then this free conference is for you! You’ll benefit from the series of quick-fire talks from industry professionals. Take inspiration from their personal stories and learn from their challenges! The conference is aimed at everyone just starting out on their career paths in a hope it will provide focus and the chance to see what opportunities are available in this fantastic industry of ours.
Our speakers already include:
Charlie Bloom - RHS multi award winning Designer and Gardener
Tom Massey - SGD Young Garden Designer of the Year
Will Williams - Innovative and original Garden Designer
Juliet Sargeant - designer of the award winning Modern Slavery Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016
Tecwyn Evans - Medal winning Garden Contractor
Michael Perry - TV Presenter and Plant Hunter
John Ledwidge - Head Groundsman at Leicester City Football Club
Leigh Morris - CEO of the National Land Based College
Jody Lidgard - Landscape Designer and Plantsman
Raoul Curtis-Machin - Head of Horticulture at the HTA. Chair of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture’s “Grow Careers” Initiative
Sarah Cathcart - Head of Education & Learning at the Royal Horticultural Society
Nigel Bowcock - Award-winning Landscape Contractor
Starting at 11am, the conference will showcase these speakers, giving a platform for different viewpoints and job skills. It will be facilitated by Neville Stein. Neville is just about to celebrate his 40 years in the industry. His consultancy, “Ovation” is well known in the land-based sector and in addition he is a trustee for Perennial.
There will be additional input from major Trade Associations on career opportunities available and study options. Including APL, BALI, CIH, HTA, RHS and SGD.
Pip O’Brien, Chair of the Society of Garden Designers said: “Horticulture is the best career anyone could enter. It is as diverse as it is exciting. Far too many people do not discover it until they are middle aged and looking for a career change, so the SGD welcomes this initiative to give young people a glimpse of the some of the avenues they could take."
Free Job Fair
The New Starters Conference will be followed by the LANDSCAPE Job Fair. As part of our continuing effort to support New Starters within the industry, this year’s LANDSCAPE Show will again hold the free Job Fair. Aimed specifically at those newly started in the industry who are looking for employment, the Job Fair provides a free opportunity for employers to meet face to face with potential job candidates who are already focused and skilled.
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