YMCA Training and BALI host their first ever London breakfast event

Following the launch of their partnership in October 2018, YMCA Training and BALI – The British Association of Landscape Industries – hosted their first breakfast networking event, where horticulture professionals from across the capital were invited to learn about industry apprenticeships at the YMCA Club.

The event was co-hosted by Sallyann Smith from YMCA Training, which has been delivering horticulture apprenticeships across the UK for nearly 30 years and currently has over 150 landscaping apprentices on their books. Stephen Ensell from BALI co-hosted the event who has access to over 900 landscaping professionals from across the country. Guest speaker and Diversity and Inclusion HR Advisor at Historic Royal Palaces, Swazi Rodgers, has recently taken on a YMCA horticulture apprentice for the first time and shared her experience.

YMCA Training has become one of Britain’s largest voluntary sector Further Education Training Providers. The event showcased YMCA Training’s depth of knowledge of apprenticeships within the horticulture space. YMCA Training boasts a 27 year partnership with Manchester United Football Club who offer Turf Management apprenticeships. They also deliver apprenticeships for idverde – the largest landscaping and grounds maintenance service provider in the UK and housing association, Catalyst, who currently have 27 YMCA apprentices on their books.