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Living Colour - Floristry Heather Ryder A former Reaseheath student, Heather has run her own florist’s shop, Living Colour for ten years. Working in partnership with Reaseheath to train apprentices her current employee, Amy is due to complete her Level 2 Floristry Apprenticeship this June. Heather says, “An Apprenticeship is brilliant, I think there should be more of them. Amy is able to work and train at the same time, gaining lots of valuable experience”. “Reaseheath is extremely flexible. They know when our busy times are and are flexible in letting Amy come to the workplace. Amy’s assessor knows the industry and understands the economic climate”. Workforce Development Manager, Chris Middleton pictured with Heather Ryder (right) Floristry is predominantly art based and the flexibility of the apprenticeship has enabled Heather to train Amy in Living Colours’ modern style. Once she has completed her apprenticeship Amy will have a permanent position at Living Colour. Tatton Park - Horticulture Sam Youd Beginning his own gardening career as an Apprentice, Sam now trains Tatton Park’s Horticulture Apprentices. Sam believes that Apprenticeships are a great way of gaining practical on-the-job training. “All of Tatton’s apprenticeships are delivered entirely in the workplace, allowing apprentices to experience first hand the real world of gardening”. In collaboration with Sam, Reaseheath have put together an apprenticeship programme to suit the needs of Tatton’s workforce. Tatton’s Adult Apprenticeships have been a huge success since starting in 2010. “There is no generation gap in gardening” says Sam. “It caters for all ages, young to the more mature”. From left to right: Apprentice’s Simon Kellett and Bob Buckley pictured with Sam Youd Tatton apprentice’s Bob Buckley and Simon Kellett both agree that they have learnt more in the workplace than they ever could have done at College. “It’s the practical application of the theory which makes you more employable” says Simon. www.reaseheath.ac.uk