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Lord Mayor sees how Horticulture Enterprise course nurtures young people’s employability

13th May 2019

A group of Horticulture Enterprise students have given the Lord Mayor of Norwich a tour of City College Norwich’s greenhouses. Councillor Schmierer saw first-hand the significant contribution the students make to Blooms for Norwich, whilst hearing how the course helps young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities prepare for employment.
It was a proud moment for the six students who help to grow and plant thousands of the plants which add colour to the city each year as part of Blooms for Norwich.
The students gave the Lord Mayor a tour of the horticulture area at the college, which is a base for their personalised learning programme which focuses on preparation for life after college and the world of work.
As well as growing flowers at the college and planting beds in prominent locations across the city, the students also undertake work placements with local employers.  Recent placements have seen the students gaining work experience at Whitlingham County Park, Blickling Hall and Stepping Stones Café in Norwich.
All six of the group are set to move on to employment-focused training programmes and courses next year, through Project Search and the college’s Ticket course.
Horticulture Enterprise student Lloyd Giacomelli, 17, from Tasburgh, said:
“I feel the course has helped me to become more independent, more grown up, more mature.”
Horticulture Enterprise lecturer John Attoe said:
“It’s been fantastic for the students to have this opportunity to talk to the Lord Mayor about what they do here and the big strides forward they have made in confidence, independence and readiness for employment.  The group has worked really well as a team, which will stand them in good stead when they go on to get jobs.”