Apprentice training at Abbey Garden Centre

Jack Cousins.
Jack Cousins.

When Stewarts Garden Centres acquired the Abbey Garden Centre at Titchfield in 2016, the new management promised that they would improve the working environment for the staff as well as enhance the centre for customers.  Former Henry Court Community college student Jack Cousins, 19 from Fareham is one of the team who has applied for an apprenticeship covering Warehouse and Storage, to add to his forklift truck and first aid and fire training.    

Centre Manager Jackie Avis said that she is delighted that the teenager is determined to develop his skills and knowledge with the ambition to work towards a future managerial role.  

“Jacks apprenticeship is a yearlong work based course with a tutor visiting every 2 weeks and assessments and exams will be held at the centre as well. The course should take about a year. to take advantage of the Warehouse and Storage Apprenticeship.  We are delighted that he has taken the opportunity to grow his own career potential,” said Jackie Avis.  

Terry Head, Retail and Marketing Director at Stewarts Garden Centres, said that the investment in training is part of a £100,000 budget already provided to enhance the centre.  Facilities including the Café and the car park area, as well as many interior modifications to the main centre, have already helped increase the customer base over the last few years.

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