Tree-mendous candidates go out on a limb at tree climbing event

Earlier this month, we held a tree climbing event at Saltram to help recruit our new Apprentice Arboriculturist.

Run in conjunction with Lynher Training, the event saw three shortlisted candidates take part in a variety of tree climbing exercises, designed to test their ability to perform the job and make sure they were comfortable with heights.

As part of the two year apprenticeship, we offer a Level 2 Diploma in Trees and Timber, enabling apprentices to gain industry recognised qualification whilst working and learning on the job.

Joe Berryman, Arboriculturist joined us as an apprentice in February 2014. Having been through the apprenticeship process, he is now fully qualified and will be mentoring the new recruit. Joe said: “The tree climbing event was a great success. All three candidates arrived on the morning with a positive attitude and were eager to learn more about arboricultural industry.

The candidates took to the tree climbing techniques without any difficulty, and by the afternoon were able to apply the climbing techniques they had learnt to get them up into the canopy of the tree. All of them have great potential, and this makes me look forward to having one of them as an additional member of the PCH tree team."

Danielle Houston, HR Business Partner (Learning & Development) said: “Apprentices are the future of PCH, so it’s important to ensure we’re putting the right people in the right places. We’re really proud of our programme and it’s great to see that Joe will be acting as a mentor. All of the candidates who came along were fantastic and we’re looking forward to working with the successful candidate.”