Tree specialists take on a new recruit and sign up to scheme

A MANSFIELD tree management service is the latest to sign up to our 100 Apprenticeships Campaign after taking on a new recruit this week.

The Arborist, based on Berry Hill Lane, has been providing specialist tree management in Mansfield for more than a decade and is run by highly experienced tree surgeon Tony Gascoyne.

After gaining experience working in Sweden, Tony set up the company in 1999 and has worked on thousands of projects both locally and nationally in his three-man team.

This week, he took on Meden Vale teenager Greg Gregory and Tony says he feels it is important for firms to give young people a chance in the workplace.

“We’ve been through the recession and we’re now in a position where we can take someone on and this gives us a chance to train people to our own standards and mould them from an early age,” he said.

“It is nice to be able to have the opportunity to influence them and give them the skills which they can take with them in their career whether it is with us or another company.”

Greg will work within the Arborist team as a tree surgeon’s groundsman with duties including fuelling up the saws and operating the wood chipper on jobs around Nottinghamshire and beyond.

Over the 18-month apprenticeship, he will work towards his chainsaw licence as well as his climbing and aerial rescue licence.

“We’ve always taken on young people, one employee started with me six years ago and is still here now and others have gone on to work for other big companies” added Tony.

The Arborist company has recently expanded to include waste processing as part of its specialities giving new recruits even more hands on experience in the workplace.

“We give apprenctices a chance to get into the habit of going to work and also working as part of a team,” he said.

l Pictured: Apprentice Greg Gregory with Tony Gascoyne from The Arborist.