Search begins for the next Cardiff Parks Trainees


The search has begun for the next candidates to join the growing number of gardeners working in some of Cardiff's most prestigious and much-loved parks who have graduated from traineeships.

Five successful candidates will be recruited to the traineeship schemes currently advertised on the Cardiff Council website, and will spend the next four years with Bute Park, Roath Park and Victoria Park as well as hundred of other parks and green spaces across Cardiff as their office.

Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Events, Cllr Jennifer Burke, said: "Joining the award-winning Cardiff Parks Traineeship scheme really can be life-changing. Not only do our trainees get the chance to gain formal qualifications, they can also learn ‘on the job' from the experienced and friendly team, many of who came through the scheme themselves - all while earning a competitive wage."

Since the reintroduction of Cardiff Council's successful Parks traineeships more than 25 trainees have secured permanent jobs having graduated from the scheme, including recent trainee Teaka Scriven, who in 2022 was named ‘Apprentice of the Year' atthe UK-wide APSE Environmental Services Apprentice of the Year awards.

By her own admission, Teaka's life would be "very different now if it wasn't for the parks traineeship," and the opportunity to work and learn in"such amazing spaces, they're Green Flag parks, they are really the top places to work in horticulture."

If you have a passion for working outdoors, a genuine interest in horticulture, plus bags of enthusiasm, then maybe you could be the next parks trainee. Find out more here: