Joshua Bess, a maintenance apprentice based in Rochford, stepped away from his usual daily jobs to provide valuable garden services to residents in the community.
As part of the Rochford Garden Promise, specifically for Rochford Housing residents, Josh has carried out a number of tasks for individuals who are unable to maintain their own gardens.
Clearing away rubbish, trimming hedges, pruning and weeding are just some of the helpful jobs the apprentice has completed through the Garden Promise project, a tenant led initiative of Rochford Housing’s diversity
Talking about the project, Josh commented: “Through my apprenticeship I am learning a number of gardening skills required for maintaining Sanctuary’s grounds and estates.
“The garden promise scheme is not only providing me with an opportunity to improve these skills, but also to give back to the community by lending a hand to those who need a bit of extra help.”
The activity is one of a number organised by Sanctuary Group in support of National Apprenticeship Week (14 - 18 March) – an annual event, organised by the National Apprenticeship Service, which celebrates the talents and skills of apprentices and the value of apprenticeship programmes.
Sanctuary operates a UK-wide Apprenticeship scheme that is helping many young people into employment.
The award winning scheme has supported almost 2,000 young people into placements, both directly within Sanctuary and through development partners.
The programme provides apprentices with a meaningful career path, on-the-job training, support in achieving nationally recognised qualifications and the opportunity to earn while they learn.
For more information visit https://www.sanctuary-group.co.uk/careers/apprenticeships