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Industry award for green-fingered apprentice James

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: June 03, 2014

James Tillotson with Jonathon Tame.

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A HORTICULTURE apprentice from South Staffordshire College has received industry recognition for his achievements.

James Tillotson, aged 21, was nominated for the BALI Chalk Fund award by John Renshaw, Workforce Development Manager at South Staffordshire College, after he completed his Level 2 apprenticeship in general horticulture at the college's Rodbaston campus whilst in the employment of Greenfingers Landscape Group.

The BALI Chalk Fund was established in 1975 with a legacy from the widow of Geoffrey Chalk, a founding member of BALI (the British Association of Landscape Industries).

The charity supports the advancement of education and training in the landscape sector by offering scholarships. The trustees recognise the achievements of landscape students who have excelled in their studies whilst BALI provides support and advice for students at an early stage in their careers.

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James, from Burnley, was presented with his certificate and a cheque for £100 by BALI's Jonathon Tame at an awards ceremony at South Staffordshire College's Rodbaston Campus.

He said: "I really enjoyed the apprenticeship programme and could see the direct relation and benefit to my job role. I have had a promotion within Greenfingers and am now looking to doing my Level 3 at South Staffordshire College."

John Renshaw, who was at the presentation, said: "South Staffordshire College has worked with Greenfingers for five years, training and up-skilling their horticultural workforce.

" James is a very deserving winner of this award and produced a portfolio of high standard that reflected his keen approach and enthusiasm at work.

"It's great to see young people winning awards like this and getting the recognition through the apprenticeship scheme for their hard work and commitment and South Staffordshire College is looking forward to working with two new groups of apprentices in November."

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