Green-fingered apprentice at the Council nominated for top award

Date: 06/11/2014

A green-fingered apprentice at the Council has been nominated for a top national award.

Joshua Rose is in the running to receive the title of 'Horticulture Apprentice of the Year' at the Association of Public Sector Excellence awards, which recognises the skills of people working in local government organisations.

The 21-year-old will travel to Stratford, in the Midlands for the awards ceremony on November 11, where he will be interviewed by a panel of judges, ahead of the winner being announced.

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for the Environment and Communities, said: "Congratulations to Joshua for his nomination as one of the top apprentices in the UK. It's a testimony to his own hard work, and to the Council's Streetscene team who have been teaching him these vital skills."

Joshua was put forward for the award because of his strong work ethic, enthusiasm, and ability to work well with others in a team.

He said: "I am enjoying my apprenticeship with the Council and I'm very proud to have been put forward for the award, it's great to be nominated."

Joshua became one of the Council's 85 apprentices following completion of joint work experience programme between the Council and the Prince's Trust. His two-year apprenticeship started in August 2013 and since then he has learned skills such as how to mark out sports pitches, maintain grass verges and parks, and how to plant trees.