The APL or Association of Professional Landscapers finalists for the World Skills landscaping 2017 have already been announced. The announcement came after they won at the National Qualifiers of the World Skills UK.
Competitions, such as the WorldSkills UK landscaping, result to professional landscapers such as those employed under Greenside Landscaping.
The finalists are composed of eight young skilled individuals that are either students or apprentices in the industry. They are set to compete at the upcoming live landscaping task to be held at Birmingham. The national finals will be on November and it will be hosted during The Skills Show.
During the semi-finals of the APL World Skill UK 2017, there are minor changes that are evident compared to the last two years. The first change is that the event is no longer part of the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show and this year, they gave more emphasis on the training as well as development of the participants.
The nine individuals included in the semi-finals last August were given various landscaping jobs such as plant identification, paving, procurement, walling, decking and briefing with a client.
The judges were all impressed by their performances but only eight will be joining the finals – Ryan Bell, Kelvin White, Jake Hackett, Thomas Cartledge, Samuel Taylor, Josh Dow, Daniel McGeoghegan and Adam McGarry.
The winner of the finals in the UK might be chosen as a representative of the country for the upcoming WorldSkils, known to be the biggest skills competition globally, in 2019 which will be hosted by Kazan in Russia.
One of the sponsors, Mike Vickers, said that the APL WorldSkills competition is fully supported by J.A. Jones. They recognize that the aim of the contest is to motivate the students to be the top in the industry in the coming years which is attainable through their knowledge of plants and inspiration derived from landscaping.
David Jessop, another sponsor, who owns Marshalls, said that it is important to encourage new apprentice in entering the landscaping business and the competition is a great channel for them to showcase what they got.
Companies in the landscaping industries such as Greenside Landscaping are happy because of the interest shown by young individuals in the landscaping sector.