Callum Smith from Bristol has recently finished a work placement with us as part of The Prince’s Trust Get into Woodlands programme.
Jules Griffiths, our Transplants Sales Administrator, said: “Callum has fitted in well with the team here at our Transplants Division and has demonstrated a passion for plants and a keen interest in pursuing a career in this industry.
“Callum spent most of his time helping with the lifting and grading of plants but also spent some time packing with our internet sales despatch department.
“The benefits of these work placements are extremely valuable as it helps to develop workplace skills, as well as facilitating the trainee to make an informed decision about the type of career path that might be compatible for them.
“The trainee also gains current experience and a suitable reference to add to their CV. The scheme also focuses on employability skills to help move trainees into a job upon completion of the course. We are delighted to endorse such a fantastic programme that aids young people with their career progression.”
The Get into Woodlands programme has enabled Callum to complete a variety of qualifications and certificates, including Health & Safety Manual Handling, First Aid and a chainsaw licence.
Callum explained: “It’s been really good to meet everyone. I’ve learned how warm and welcoming everyone is and how they all work so hard. I’ve really enjoyed working in the outdoors and seeing the broad spectrum of products.”
HRH The Prince of Wales founded The Prince’s Trust in 1976, with the aim of improving the lives of disadvantaged young people in the UK. The Trust has supported more than 825,000 young people.
Alison Barton, Programme Executive at The Prince’s Trust, said: “We are very grateful for Wyevale Nurseries’ involvement in helping us deliver the Get into Woodlands programme. This was a fantastic opportunity for Callum. He learned valuable skills which will help him on his path to employment.”
Callum ended his work placement with a final presentation hosted by The Prince’s Trust to celebrate the achievements of the Get into programme participants.
Jules added: “It was an inspiring and motivating event and we are thrilled to be involved with the Get into Woodlands programme and we are hoping that we will be invited to support it again in the future.”
Callum’s next venture is a position with The Severn Project, which produces high quality salad leaves and herbs at its urban farm in Bristol.
Jules continued: “We wish Callum all the best in his projects and look forward to hearing how his career progresses.”
Photograph caption: (From left to right) Programme Executive at The Prince’s Trust, Alison Barton, Get Into Programme Trainee, Callum Smith, Production Director Transplant Division at Wyevale Nurseries, Ray Jenkins and Prince’s Trust volunteer, Suzanne Cross.