Candidates interested in an apprenticeship at the Royal Parks attended two open days organised by OCS last month.
The apprenticeship is a three-way partnership between Capel Manor College, the Royal Parks Charity and OCS, which is recruiting three apprentices for our contracts at St James's and Green parks, and Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.
Candidates were invited in to see the parks and learn more about the apprenticeship as part of an informal interview. The second round of interviews took place in June and the successful candidates begin their apprenticeship in September. During their time with OCS, they will be based in one of the Royal Parks four days a week, attending Capel Manor College in The Regent's Park on the remaining day.
Ross Gildea is a former OCS apprentice now employed as a skilled gardener at Hyde Park by our business. He was presented with the George Cooke Award for outstanding achievement during his apprenticeship scheme at the Royal Parks Guild's annual ceremony in November last year.
He says: "I love working outside; when I'm indoors I feel cooped up. It's physically demanding; you are constantly moving, but it's relaxing because the jobs are relatively straightforward."