They're Hired...Apprentices Thrive on Olympic Park Life

December 2010

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

A GROUP of apprentices enrolled on a scheme delivered at Havering College in partnership with Writtle College are making the most of a golden opportunity to work on the creation of the Olympic Park.

Both Writtle and Havering College of Further and Higher Education are delighted to be working with the Olympic Delivery Authority on a custom designed apprenticeship in Horticulture and Soft Landscaping/Hard Landscaping.

Tom Cole, Head of Faulty for Land based at Writtle said: "Writtle are really keen to collaborate with partners where we can offer our expertise, in particular with regard to horticultural training. We very much look forward to working closely with Havering College of Further and Higher Education and the Olympic Delivery Authority."

The apprentices, who have been hired by three Olympic Park contractors, are helping to transform the Games site into London’s largest new urban park in more than a century. The project involves extensive landscaping plus the planting of thousands of trees and plants.

The new apprenticeship will support the ODA’s commitment to leaving a jobs and skills legacy that uses the Games as a catalyst to create long term career opportunities for local and young people.

An official launch of the Horticulture and Soft Landscaping/Hard Landscaping apprenticeship was held in the dedicated Apprentice Hub on the Olympic site. The facility provides support for all London 2012 apprentices working for the contractors on the Park.