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An inspiring and educational resource for the landscape industry, promoting and developing real life careers.



Looking for a rewarding career? Love working outdoors with plants, nature and the environment? Are you creative or practical? Then landscaping could be just the profession for you! Find out more about what it takes to be a landscaper and how to start your journey.

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Landscaping offers exciting and varied job opportunities for everyone; from entry-level school leavers to senior professionals. Get stuck in through hands-on experience, work your way up to supervising a team, or, specialise in specific areas like sports pitch maintenance or horticulture.

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Hear from real landscapers and discover how they got involved and why they love what they do! Some worked their way up from a Saturday job picking litter, others completed Diplomas and Degrees to get to where they wanted to be. There is a door waiting to be opened for everyone.

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Landscaping is a truly creative industry. From private gardens, public spaces and commercial sites, the landscape around us can offer both beauty and health benefits, stimulating our senses and improving our wellbeing. Let's all work together to protect our natural world; when can you start!

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chrome_reader_mode NEWS/INSIGHT go-landscape-capel-manor.jpg 23/03/17 BALI's GoLandscape enthrals students at Capel Careers Fair

BALI's GoLandscape enthrals students at Capel Careers Fair

The British Association of Landscape Industries' (BALI) GoLandscape initiative continues to be trialled across the South Thames region, with multiple events having taken place over the last few months, talking directly to students, college lecturers and educators on the importance of securing the right skills and qualifications to enter the landscaping industry.

The latest event this week saw Managing Director of award-winning Garden Design and Construction company The Outdoor Room, David Dodd, who are also Registered Members of BALI, work alongside Carly Button, BALI's Sales Officer, to exhibit at BALI Training Provider Member Capel Manor College for their annual Spring Careers Fair.

The event, which ran between 12pm-3pm, has grown considerably since 2016, with 69 employers present. There were multiple BALI Registered members exhibiting alongside the Association, including Gavin Jones, Joseph Rochfords Gardens, Alfie Bines Gardens, Andersplus, Belderbos Landscapes, Greenmantle, Ginkgo Landscape Contractors, Glendale, Ground Control, Marshalls, Palmstead Nurseries and Provender Nurseries. BALI's chosen charity Perennial was also in attendance.

The Careers Fair gave students studying nationally recognised qualifications a chance to speak to potential employers, providing them with valuable contacts that they may need when leaving the college upon completing their courses.

BALI Board Director and Managing Director of BALI Registered Contractor The Outdoor Room, David Dodd, said, “It is always encouraging to speak to so many students at events like this, who are passionate about working towards a career in horticulture and landscaping, who have the right qualifications and skill set, attitude and approach and show willingness to learn and develop. This is, after all, our future generation of landscape professionals and we have a duty to help them with professional guidance and support for that next step on their journey after leaving college. GoLandscape was set up to get more people into this fantastic industry, to establish rewarding careers and to help close the skills gap that is currently gripping the industry. There was most certainly an appetite to sign-up to the GoLandscape scheme from students at the event which was encouraging, but there is still a lot left to do to achieve our goals of preserving landscaping as we know it”.

GoLandscape continues to gain pace, securing Ambassadors, forging new industry partnerships and delivering careers, seminar and presentation events around London and the surrounding areas, before the trial reaches its conclusion at the end of April.


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chrome_reader_mode NEWS/INSIGHT british-sugar-topsoil.jpg 01/03/17 Training bursary launched by British Sugar TOPSOIL

Training bursary launched by British Sugar TOPSOIL

The UK’s largest supplier of topsoil to the construction, landscaping and amenity sectors – British Sugar TOPSOIL - has announced the launch of The British Sugar TOPSOIL Training Bursary 2017 to celebrate the business’s 20th anniversary. Two bursaries, each of up to £500, will be awarded to pay for training courses in the greenkeeping, groundsmanship, landscape contracting or garden design sectors.

Since British Sugar TOPSOIL first began operations in 1997 it has actively supported the industries it serves through its membership of trade and professional bodies, sponsorship of awards schemes and events, and hosting of educational visits to its topsoil manufacturing facilities in East Anglia. The establishment of an annual training bursary is yet another demonstration of TOPSOIL’s desire to give something back to the wider industry in this its 20th anniversary year.

National TOPSOIL Manager Andy Spetch had considered a number of ways to celebrate British Sugar TOPSOIL’s achievements over the past 20 years but felt that a training bursary would have the greatest potential to create a legacy and open up opportunities for anyone with drive and ambition who might be held back by financial constraints:

“Skills and training are fundamental to being successful in the sectors in which British Sugar TOPSOIL operates. Where the cost of training is proving to be a barrier to achieving success I hope the British Sugar TOPSOIL bursary can go some way to helping overcome it. I am looking forward very much to receiving applications from across the four sectors and expect to be inspired by the determination to succeed that will undoubtedly shine through the two successful submissions.”

Bursary applications must be made online through the TOPSOIL website at www.bstopsoil.co.uk/news-events, where full Terms & Conditions, including eligibility criteria, and an application form can be downloaded. The closing date for entries is Friday, 28th April 2017, with the two successful bursary recipients being notified by Wednesday, 31st May 2017.

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