Landscape Ontario would like to acknowledge the apprentices whose hard work and effort see them reach milestones in their Horticultural Technician Apprenticeship Program (HTAP) journey. Over the last year of the COVID-19 pandemic, these amazing apprentices refused to be deterred as they continued along their chosen pathway throughout a very challenging time.
When LO’s Apprenticeship team asked apprentices about the influence of the Apprenticeship Program in their lives, Anita Dowdle, who recently received her Certificate of Qualification with Red Seal endorsement said, “The Apprenticeship Program not only taught me absolutely amazing skills, but also took me out of my comfort zone, [it] gave me knowledge and confidence not only at work but outside of work too.”
“Do it!” exclaimed Rebecca MacDuff, who completed her Level 2 milestone. “This has been an amazing confidence booster for me. I was older than my classmates, and it was a bit intimidating going back as a mature student, but I ended up on the Dean’s Honour Roll for each term, and the President’s Honour Roll for the program. This has been a game changer. I [even] encouraged my co-worker and she just completed her first term.”
In-class training during the winter can be very exciting because apprentices can take what they learn back to work in the spring to share with their coworkers and employers. Everyone can benefit from their education. There are many “tricks and details learned that will make future projects [even more] professional,” said Zoey Hart, who completed Level 1 this past March.
At Landscape Ontario, we are extremely proud of apprentices who demonstrate commitment and resilience during their journey. We know this is just the beginning of many successes to come.