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About GoLandscape

A new careers initiative from the British Association of Landscape Industries, designed to inspire and educate new recruits and combat industry issues.

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The British Association of Landscape Industries and its members recognise the importance of introducing new talent into the landscaping industry, in order to sustain, build-on and develop such a remarkable and rewarding sector. BALI is delighted to launch GoLandscape, a brand new education, skills and careers initiative, designed to inform and inspire new recruits and combat industry issues, including a severe skills shortage.

GoLandscape will aim to provide a wealth of inspiring and educational career advice to young people, mapped to the UK Government's curriculum for the land based sector and linked to the Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standards of which BALI has played an instrumental part in lobbying at a parliamentary level and establishing as recognised qualifications in land based colleges throughout the country.

GoLandscape will start by bringing together a culmination of real life stories and exemplar projects from leading industry organisations and individuals, all of whom have provided practical examples of what it is really like working in the industry that we are all so proud of and why it offers serious career paths that provide opportunities for everyone.

GoLandscape has three main objectives:

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To inspire: Landscaping is a serious career path with a host of opportunities. Whether it’s Commercial, Domestic, Grounds Maintenance or Architecture and Design, landscaping can offer fantastic careers for everyone. No matter what your age, sex or background, the industry needs people of all abilities, from practical and vocational roles all the way to degree level. Landscaping is a fun, rewarding and prestigious industry to work in.

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To encourage retention: Not only within our colleges, but also within our industry. We want to introduce landscaping to school children at careers events, raising the profile of the industry. Beyond new recruits, GoLandscape will encourage industry and colleges to reconnect, so they can deliver the correct training to students, in turn, building their confidence before they enter the working world.

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To combat industry issues: If school children are inspired to go into further education to study landscaping, in whatever form, and the colleges are meeting the demands of the industry by training their students to the highest standards, this can only create greater student and staff retention which will ultimately close the skills gap.

About BALI

The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) is the UK’s largest Trade Association for professional Landscape Designers, Landscape and Grounds Maintenance Contractors and suppliers of industry products and services. Established in 1972, it has a membership of over 850 organisations and individuals.

www.bali.org.uk