Celebrating team development – first cohort complete our horticultural training course

Celebrating team development – first cohort complete our horticultural training course

At Johnsons, we are committed to helping our team develop, so we are thrilled to announce that the first cohort of Johnsons employees have completed the bespoke horticultural training course we have created in conjunction with Askham Bryan College.

Fourteen team members were awarded with their certificates at a small celebration with plenty of cake!

Celebrating our team

Completing the course were Adam Davis, Matt Campey, Gary Hardwicke, Ashley Robinson, Tomasz Kedra, Gergo Kontos, Chris Edgar, Chris Pearce, Matthew Goodwin, Elliot Green, Katie Burlingham, Dmytro Orlov, Filippo Pellizon and Louise Roberts.

Commenting on the course, Gary Hardwicke, said: "Attending the tailored Asakham Bryan Collage Course was a great experience. The tutor’s knowledge and passion for plants shone through and they made learning easy and enjoyable.

I have gained knowledge useful to my role here at Johnsons, I have much more understanding of plants now.Thank you to Johnsons for setting this up, the course also increased my confidence in choosing plants for my own garden at home too."

Steve Bassford, Curriculum Area Manager , said: "Overall the tutors who delivered the course were very impressed with the prior knowledge of the employees that attended the course. They were fully engaged throughout and have shown the eye for quality and professionalism that any business should be proud of. Overall the course met and exceeded some expectations and the feedback was very positive from the students.

On our part, this was a big move from a departmental at the college taking on a course that was tailored to suit and also over the summer period. The course ran smoothly and any issues were dealt with promptly."

Creating the course

Having worked with Askham Bryan, our local agricultural and horticultural college, since the 1970s, we knew they would be the perfect training partner for us.

As well as having a longstanding history with Johnsons, Askham Bryan is an Ofsted outstanding college that recently launched a new £2.7million training facility at its York site and won a prestigious Educate North Award for its innovation in digital learning and skills.

Earlier this year, we reached out to the Askham Bryan team about working together in partnership to ensure our team can stay at the forefront of horticultural knowledge, benefiting from its specialist training and facilities.

And so ‘An Introduction to Horticulture’, our bespoke 12-week course, was created! The course covers all key areas from plant identification and planting locations to the impact of plant choices, helping our team to boost their skills, knowledge and confidence within their horticultural careers.

To find out more about becoming part of the Johnsons of Whixley family, head to our careers page.

Posted 27th Oct 3:36pm