Hands-on learning for horticulture students

Gordon students Tom Stokes and Tom O’Neill with City apprentice Tash Devapura. (supplied)

First- to four-year horticulture apprentices are set to gain hands-on learning opportunities.

The City of Greater Geelong has partnered with The Gordon to provide a workshop that focuses on the delicate art of rose pruning.

“To be able to learn under the guidance of the City’s seasoned horticulturists is an experience the group will remember for years to come,” City of Greater Geelong mayor Trent Sullivan said.

“The hands-on learning experience is invaluable for our apprentices. By actively engaging our team of experts, the apprentices will develop a deep understanding of horticultural practices and foster a sense of pride in beautifying our city.”

The workshop not only imparts technical knowledge but also instils environmental consciousness. The apprentices were able to expand their knowledge in rose pruning as well as common rose pests, diseases and fertilising requirements.

Environment and Circular Economy portfolio chair councillor Peter Murrihy, expressed enthusiasm for the initiative.

“Investing in our apprentices and providing them with practical learning opportunities reflects our commitment to fostering a skilled and competent workforce,” he said.

“Our beautiful rose gardens become a testament to their dedication and expertise.”