We have added to the Plants team with our first apprentice

Our People and Culture team, headed up by Neil Barwise-Carr, has partnered with Shipley College to bring in 16 year old Alfie Taylor as a Plants Apprentice.

Alfie attends college one day a week to study for a Level 2 Horticulture and Landscape Operative qualification and works four days a week with our Plants team.

Talking about Alfie’s opportunity, Neil said: “We were conscious that we needed people in our Plants team who are excited and passionate about working with plants, so we thought what better than to bring in someone who is eager and enthusiastic about learning, not just from college, but from those around them?

“In just a short space of time, we noticed that the rest of the team were enthused by having an apprentice on board, and were keen to help coach and mentor Alfie. Hopefully this will pave the way for more apprentices in other areas of the business.”

Former Morley Academy pupil Alfie said: “I’m grateful to be given this opportunity. Apprenticeships are a great way to put what you learn at college into practice in a work situation and to gain from the expertise of the team. I’m really excited to be working at Tong.”

Neil concluded: “Alfie is exactly the kind of apprentice we were looking for, in that his personality and approach to work is aligned to our core values of Positive, Honest, Respectful, Accountable, Excellence and Team.”

Our People and Culture team have also supported another member of the Plants team, Matthew Inman with a Level 3 qualification in Horticultural Practice and Principles and are currently in talks with Leeds College about joinery apprenticeship opportunities for our Maintenance Assistant.

Pictured are Joe Appleyard, Alfie Taylor and Neil Barwise-Carr