Two employees are celebrating promotions at Wyevale Nursery in Hereford this month (June, 2018) after achieving promotions.
Kyle Ross has achieved Production Manager level at Wyevale Containers Department and Chris King has accepted the post of Assistant Production Manager at Wyevale Transplants department.
Andy Johnson, Managing Director at Wyevale Nurseries, commented: “We would like to congratulate Kyle and Chris on their new positions. They are both very hard working and driven individuals and are an asset to our company.
“Twenty-four-year-old Kyle will be reporting to Steve Reed, our Production Director of the Container Division, and will be responsible for biosecurity, growing, stock control, crop protection and product development. Kyle has a keen interest in biosecurity, pest and disease and plant quality, prior to his promotion he was our Plant Health Coordinator.
“While 25-year-old Chris will report to Ray Jenkins, our Production Director of the Transplant Division, and will be responsible for supporting all production activities, stock control, production records and crop costing. Chris found his vocation in our Transplant Division as he is interested in the production side of the business and enjoys working within a dedicated team who are outside in all weather. We all wish Kyle and Chris all the best in their new positions.”
Kyle, who comes from Worcester and also a Wyevale Nurseries’ Peter Williamson Travel Award recipient, gained a BSc in Horticulture from Pershore College, before starting employment at Wyevale Nurseries. Chris is qualified from Writtle College with a BSc in Horticulture in September 2015. Before his post at Wyevale Nurseries he was employed at Aylett Nurseries in St Albans.
Kyle and Chris both participated in Wyevale Nurseries’ in-house, two-year, Management Trainee Programme, which covered all aspects of the company works.
Andy said: “This year we will be launching our Graduate Trainee Programme, which is not only open to those wishing to go into nursery production but any element of the business including finance, IT, sales or marketing. The programme is open to graduates of all degree disciplines.
“This is a two-year programme that covers all areas of the business. What we are looking for from our potential Graduate Trainees is a positive ‘can-do’ attitude and that they enjoy being challenged to come up with solutions.
“We want them to be innovative using not only their ideas but also assessing and supporting others’ ideas. Successful applicants will be responsible for their own learning and should be able to demonstrate a proactive attitude towards learning opportunities. We want candidates to also be career-minded, ambitious and flexible in their approach.”
The programme will be implemented by on the job training, attending plant identification sessions, visiting other plant nurseries, visiting trade shows and conferences, attending any external educational courses if needed, project work observing managers and supervisors, attending and participating in meetings.
Assessment will be through frequent personal audits and assessing performance against agreed desired outcomes. Each trainee will routinely liase with the Programme Co-ordinator, Steve Pandeli. This will be to help the trainee in a constructive way.
Andy added: “Upon successful completion of the programme, it is anticipated that we shall be able to match trainees to a suitable role with the company which would benefit from their particular strengths.”
Applicants should send a copy of their current CV with a covering letter laying out why they are the right candidate for the scheme to email@example.com.
The plant selection available from Wyevale Nurseries is admirable across the industry and the talented team frequently introduce new, award-winning plant varieties.
Its core business is to supply garden centres, landscape contractors, local authorities, foresters and landowners with a comprehensive stock of trees, shrubs, hedging, herbaceous and specimen plants.
For further information about Wyevale Nurseries, which is located in Hereford, please phone 01432 845 200, visit www.wyevalenurseries.co.uk, follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WyevaleNurs or log on to www.facebook.com/WyevaleNurs.