Elmwood College Horticulture Students Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens


Elmwood College horticulture staff and students attended a careers afternoon ‘Grow Your Own Career in Horticulture’ at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh recently. The aim of the careers event was to provide horticultural students with advice on various career paths that are available both in the UK and overseas.
Successful horticulturalists shared their experiences on how to be successful in the expansive field of Horticulture. From receiving grants and funds, where to look for jobs, continued education opportunities, contact information and what it takes to get to where you want to be.
Some of these key speakers were, Leigh Morris, Chair of the Grow Careers Initiative, Phil Lusby, Senior Horticultural Tutor and Kate Barnard, Horticulturist, all from the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. They went on to say, “We cannot emphasise strongly enough the importance of the practical side of horticulture as well as getting the maximum amount of experience.”
Phil Lusby, talked about internship opportunities for students. He explained the benefits of carrying out short-term internship and opportunities for students in 2012. Phil explained that apprenticeships are not the same as work placements and described what they are and the reasons for taking on an apprenticeship.
Helen Bowie, Horticulture lecturer said, “Everyone who attended, thoroughly enjoyed the event, agreeing it was one of the best seminars they had been to in years. This was the first of what is hoped to be regular seminars to assist horticultural people make contacts and be provided with excellent information regarding job prospects and how to go about getting them.”


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