Congratulations to our Apprentices based in Park Services, Rhian Colledge and Caroline Evans, who were both runners up in APSE’s ‘Horticulture Apprentice of the Year’ at their awards last week.


Robert Jones, Parks Management’s Team Leader, said: “Both Caroline Evans and Rhian Colledge recently attended the APSE seminar in Nottingham, where they were shortlisted as Apprentice of the year finalists, this followed a written submission, and formal interview. We are extremely proud of them and their achievement, and is just reward for all of their hard work and dedication, and, once again, highlights the benefits and reinforces the importance of the Council’s Horticultural Apprenticeship Scheme.”


The APSE local authority apprentice and trainee awards have been running successfully for 15 years throughout the UK. The aim of the awards is not only to give recognition to future tradespersons, but also to the councils themselves who continue to invest in the workforce of the future and provide first-class training and employment initiatives via modern apprenticeship and trainee schemes.

Speaking about the Apprentice awards, APSE Principal Advisor Wayne Priestley, said: “These awards underline just how invaluable apprenticeships are to ensuring excellence in the delivery of frontline services. I am in no doubt that each finalist has a wonderful career ahead of them helping to support their local communities.”

APSE Chief Executive Paul O’Brien, said: The winners of these awards are amongst the best at delivering outstanding local government environmental services. APSE works continually to encourage public service excellence and we are delighted that all our finalists and winning councils are so highly committed to delivering the best possible services for the benefit of their communities.”

Well done to Rhian and Caroline on their fantastic achievements and being recognised as two of the top 4 in the UK. Thank you to their mentors and teams who have also supported both in achieving their successes.