Applications now open for GCA Rising Stars programmes

GCA members are being encouraged to put forward employees for two Rising Stars programmes in 2019.
The GCA will be running its Rising Stars programme focusing on core gardening. It will also be running the new Catering Rising Stars programme.

GCA Rising stars a fantastic opportunity

Iain Wylie said: ?The application process for our Rising Stars programmes is now open. Garden centre managers should consider putting their rising stars forwards for the process.
?This year?s gardening-based programme will be led by Gordon Emslie. It will follow a similar format to previous years, with 10 candidates being selected for the whole programme. They will undertake a series of workshops on topics such as merchandising. It concludes with attendance and a presentation at our annual conference.
“The focus of this programme will be core gardening categories, including plants. The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 22.
?After the roaring success of our first ever Catering Rising Stars programme in 2018, we will be running it again.
“It was created to highlight and develop the talented individuals in garden centre restaurants and caf?s. We want to recognise the important role catering plays in the industry.
?The programme focuses on front of house and restaurant management. It is ideal for supervisors and assistant managers with potential to be catering managers. It will once again be facilitated by Chris Brown from Turpin Smale Catering Consultants.
?Twenty applicants will start this year. There will be four masterclasses designed to help them to improve their knowledge and experience. There will also be classes to show them what else is going on in the wider market place. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 15.?

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For a nomination form for either of the Rising Stars programmes, please email Once collected, the nominations will be put to a panel of judges, who will confirm the participants.
Iain added: ?The Rising Stars process is a fantastic opportunity for anyone nominated. They?ll be able to develop and manage their skills and get mentoring from experts in the gardening and catering industries. It is like no other training they will receive. Everything they learn can come back into the garden centre they work for, so everyone benefits.?

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