Apprentice? You are now hired

An apprentice gardener has landed a full-time job with Dunedin Canmore helping keep our neighbourhoods clean and green.

Neighbourhood Environmental Team

Graeme Reid, pictured below, is now an Environmental Operative after working his way up from apprentice to a permanent job with Dunedin Canmore’s Neighbourhood Environmental Team.

Graeme, 21, from Edinburgh, started out as a horticultural apprentice as part of a partnership between Dunedin Canmore’s parent organisation, Wheatley Group, and the world renowned Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

The training was funded by the Wheatley Foundation, a charitable trust which invests over £3million annually on improving the life opportunities of people in Wheatley communities.

Graeme spent a year training on the job in the Botanic Garden and studying for a Certificate in Practical Horticulture. He then joined Dunedin Canmore’s environmental team as an apprentice and used his skills to keep communities in Edinburgh clean and green.

Graeme said: “The apprenticeship at the Botanic Garden was excellent. I learnt all about plants and how to maintain them and take care of them as well as cutting grass and looking after different types of trees.

“Coming over to Dunedin Canmore with that extra knowledge will be really useful and I’ll be able to carry it over into my new role. It’s a huge boost and this new role is a great opportunity. It’s my future.”

Managing Director Hazel Young said: “It’s brilliant to have Graeme on board as one of our newest team members. Having staff with expert training in how best to care for plants and soil will help us keep our neighbourhoods looking smart for years to come.”

Friday, August 17, 2018