WYEVALE Nurseries’ Business Support team member Josh Pascoe has been presented with the Midland Regional Growers Apprentice of the Year 2022/2023 award at the recent RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) Malvern Spring Festival (May 2023).
Josh joined the Hereford-based commercial grower as an apprentice in 2021 and, as part of his training, worked in all departments before moving to the office team in autumn 2022.
Wyevale Nurseries’ Head of Business Support, Carol Dickinson, says: “This is a fantastic achievement! Well done Josh!
“Our successful in-house apprenticeships and trainee manager programmes are renown. Last year, eight colleagues graduated from these initiatives into more senior roles or are now actively working through our training and management scheme.”
Josh’s career began with Wyevale Nurseries in November 2021 after he decided to follow his passion for horticulture. He then spent time working company-wide before applying for an office position in October 2022.
Josh says: "I’ve benefited greatly from the invaluable support offered by Mark Diggens who is Pershore College’s Trainer/Assessor and from Steve Reed, Wyevale Nurseries’ Container Division Director, as well as all my colleagues here. I’ve really enjoyed the multitude of experiences I’ve had during my apprenticeship and would recommend one to anyone looking to start a career in horticulture.”
The apprenticeship scheme allowed Josh to be employed in a working nursery and to have the opportunity to try various roles. Apprentices also take part in nursery visits and attend plant shows such as the RHS Malvern Spring Festival and the Horticultural Trades Association’s National Plant Show, where expertise and practices are shared by professionals within the industry.
Carol adds: “We’re always looking for talented individuals to join us in all areas of our business. If you’d like to have an informal and friendly chat about potential opportunities with us, please email me via firstname.lastname@example.org.”