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2 CAFRE students make APL WorldSkills final

The WorldSkills landscaping competition, run by the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL), is a great opportunity for trainee landscapers to showcase their skills across a number of technical skill areas alongside planning and material management.



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14 August 2019

Heats for the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) WorldSkills landscaping competition took place around Britain and Northern Ireland throughout May and June where landscapers of the future competed for their place in the final national heat.

The final heat of the competition took place at the end of July, and over the three days, 14 competitors from colleges around the UK took part in industry-led training sessions and tests.

Tests included paving, disc cutting, carpentry, garden design, and plant identification. The test pieces directly assessed the competitors on what they had been taught, which focused on the latest developments and innovations in the industry.

There were also theory lessons, extra training, and information given with industry representatives on setting out, pricing, and procurement.

This year’s national final will be held at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) Birmingham, November 21-23.

The finalists who will be competing at the NEC are:

  • David Jamieson, College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE).
  • Elliot Johnson, Reaseheath College.
  • Jamie Franklin, Wiltshire College – Lackham.
  • Lewis Sharp, Myerscough College.
  • Marc Brown, College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE).
  • Nick Bundy, Gadd Brothers Trees and Landscapes.
  • Patrick Neild, Warwickshire College – Pershore.
  • Toby Mcleay, Myerscough College.

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