Landscape Careers

A Landscape Apprentice Shares His Story

When the owners of Providence Forge, Virginia-based L.G. Scott announced they were going to enroll two apprentices in NALP’s Landscape Management Apprenticeship program, Ryan Janney jumped at the opportunity to become a landscape apprentice. The chance to be able to “work and go to school at the same time without digging himself into total debt” […]

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3 Reasons FGM Uses the Landscape Management Apprenticeship Program

During National Apprentice Week, a nationwide celebration that gives businesses, communities and educators the opportunity to showcase their apprenticeship programs, seemed like the most fitting time for Fullerton Grounds Maintenance (FGM), headquartered in Kenvil, New Jersey, to officially launch the NALP Landscape Management Apprenticeship Program. The inaugural group will begin their journey with this career-shaping […]

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How L.G. Scott is Addressing its Labor Challenges

Like a lot of landscape companies, the owners of L.G. Scott have struggled with finding good quality labor over the years. But with the introduction of the NALP’s Landscape Management Apprenticeship Program, they see hope on the horizon … maybe even a solution to labor challenges. Luke Scott, who owns the business with his brother […]

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Why Should a Landscape Pro Consider an Apprenticeship Program?

For many industries, apprenticeship programs are creating viable workforce solutions. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 5 million people will be trained through apprenticeships in 1,000 industries over the next five years. Today, with the formalization of NALP’s Landscape Management Apprenticeship Program, registered by the U.S. Department of Labor, the green industry […]

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How to Choose a Landscape Apprentice

As NALP’s Landscape Management Apprenticeship Program™ has continued to gain traction with companies across the country signing on, there has been increased interest in how to choose the right people to participate in the program. Many companies are starting out with a small number of apprentices—often two or three—to see how it goes but are […]

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3 Ways to Break Into the Millennial Minds of Your Landscape Employees

With the proper motivation, training and support system, members of any generation can become capable of remarkable accomplishments. Phil Gwoke‘s goal in speaking to LANDSCAPES attendees at the CEO Forum this week was to bring awareness to what formed and influenced the generations, explore the resulting values and motivations. Then, he gave landscape business owners […]

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How To Fill Open Positions at Your Landscape Business

Building a team is a multi-step process that involves recruiting, interviewing, hiring and developing team members. Ideally, you work through this process from beginning to end, because we know from experience if you skip any one of these steps, the result could be a very expensive mistake. Because hiring and onboarding is a process, it […]

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3 Ways to Build a Team for Future Growth

Growing a business can be a tricky balancing act. Small companies, especially, must multi-task efforts toward profitability and build a team that can support additional revenue. There are daily operations to manage—accounts to service—while planning to secure the infrastructure and human resources to support growth. Because owners of smaller operations wear many hats, decisions relating […]

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Meet NALP Member Joe Lewis of EMI

Coming to the lawn and landscape industry from the Marines, Joe Lewis, account manager for Environmental Management Inc. (EMI), based in Plain City, Ohio, has found more crossovers than he ever imagined. His experience and training in the Marines gave him effective training tools to use at EMI. And that’s important, as Lewis believes effective […]

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A Look Inside Landscape Companies Using an Apprenticeship Program

Americans are turning to apprenticeships to develop a much-needed workforce. An apprenticeship is a system of training a new generation of skilled crafts practitioners. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 5 million people will be trained through apprenticeships in 1,000 industries over the next five years. And the landscape industry is part […]

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