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Career or a way of life?

Manea School of Gardening
Manea School of Gardening

I am writing this towards the end of our half-term break. And, as most teachers will, I am sure, agree – the week’s break in teaching is as much for our benefit as the students!

For our RHS candidates, however, it also gives a much- needed wind-down after their exams and before we embark on the second stage of the courses.

Starting back, we will be heading straight into a new set of units. These include the ‘Management of Plant Health’, ‘Growing and Maintenance of Fruit and Vegetables’, and (my favourite) ‘Propagation’. I particularly like these topics as we can link them with proper outdoor practical sessions, which is appreciated by one and all!

Yes, we do still have to have classroom theory lessons as assessments are by both written examinations and practical observations. The stringent control of the qualifications is why Diplomas awarded by the Royal Horticultural Society are so highly regarded, in this country and all over the world.

The RHS is keen to raise the awareness of horticulture, particularly as a very worthwhile and rewarding career, and they are currently looking for stories to showcase this.

At Manea School of Gardening we feel so proud that we have changed the lives of so many in just a few years. Only a small proportion of our learners are working in the industry when they first approach us; indeed many are in stressful or unrewarding employment.

Some do not aim to find paid employment in horticulture, but the knowledge they gain enables them to enjoy their garden or allotment more fully, or to be valuable volunteers – often helping others improve their quality of life.

A number of our students have already offered some wonderful information about how training with us has changed their lives, but do you have a captivating story which you think may help others to consider a start, or a move into, horticulture? You may have done a horticultural course at the old land-based college at Wisbech which set you on a career path.

The RHS are keen to focus on the following areas but should you have other captivating stories or achievements relating to RHS qualifications, please send them to me and I will forward them:

1. Career changers who are now employed within the industry or have set-up their own successful company

2. Major achievement/overcoming adversity – e.g. learners who didn’t have the best start to life but are now employed and offered opportunities

3. Health and well-being – learners who have gained many health benefits from completing the qualification

4. Most unexpected job roles within horticulture. The aim of this storyline is to raise awareness of the huge range of job roles within the horticulture industry

5. Career enhancement – achievement of RHS Level 3, with opportunities to progress up the career ladder.

Manea School of Gardening is your most local RHS Approved Centre and offers the full range of qualifications, theory and practical. We run our courses along the school academic year, so our next courses will start in September.

We are having an Open Day on June 5, but please contact us on msog@btinternet.com if you would like details before then as we do have limited places.

For more details on all things horticultural, including their qualifications, go to www.rhs.org.uk

- Manea School of Gardening (RHS Approved Centre)

www.maneaschoolof gardening.org


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