A career with Glendale

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Graduate Profiles

Michael Booth - graduate intake 2016

I graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2014 with a BSc in Zoology and then spent two years volunteering on various conservation projects both around the UK and abroad.

To fund my volunteer work I worked as a landscape gardener.  Originally, this was simply a means of income, however I quickly realised that I found great satisfaction in the process of turning unused areas into functional, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly spaces.

I started the Glendale Graduate Scheme in June 2016.  I was attracted the scheme because I believed it would allow me to combine my ecology and conservation background, with my hands-on landscaping experience, while giving me the opportunity to gain valuable industry knowledge and management skills.

My graduate programme started with a two month placement at Glendale Liverpool.  During the two months I got involved in every aspect of the business, from hands-on maintenance, finance and health and safety, to quality and environmental management.  This gave me an excellent foundation in how large scale contracts operate, and a basic understanding of the industry as a whole.

I am currently based at head office working primarily with the business development and marketing team.  This involves carrying out market analysis in order to identify new opportunities and helping to produce bids in order to secure new and existing business.  I enjoy the holistic nature of working in business development and find the process of following a contract through all the stages of development very satisfying.

I feel the scheme has given me a good grounding in many of the key processes involved in the running of a successful grounds maintenance business, and I think it allows me to apply a wide range of transferrable skills while gaining a comprehensive view of how the company operates from the ground up.

I am currently taking my time to develop my understanding of how digital mapping systems are produced and how they can be applied to aid in the operation of Glendale’s contracts.  This may lead me to undertaking some formal training in the future.  As the graduate programme continues I hope to further develop my understanding of the operational management of contracts, and ultimately move into a role which will allow me to apply my new knowledge in order to maximise efficiency while promoting positive environmental impacts.


Matthew Allen - graduate intake 2015 (arborist)

Before joining the Glendale Graduate Scheme I was studying BSc Wildlife Conservation at Nottingham Trent University.  As part of my studies I took a placement year during which time I worked at Shepreth Wildlife Park in Cambridgeshire and at Rhino Fund Uganda.

I started the Glendale Graduate Scheme in January 2015 when I was 22.  I was attracted to the scheme because it coupled both practical outdoor work and management training, and it promised me the opportunity to gain a lot of useful skills.

I am currently training to be a professional arborist, learning the practical side of the work that Glendale does.  I currently work as a groundsman and a climber on the contract Glendale operates on behalf of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

The advantages of the graduate scheme are that it has allowed me to gain a wealth of knowledge about arboriculture whilst also being able to develop my skills as a manager.  The scheme has given me a lot of skills that I didn’t have a year ago, alongside industry recognised NPTC qualifications.

My most rewarding experience so far was passing my CS32 qualifications (felling of trees over 380mm). My favourite part of the job is that no two days are the same, each day when I arrive to work I know I will face new challenges and learn new things.  

I aspire to progress through my career with Glendale once the scheme has concluded, hopefully rising to a supervisory or managerial role.  


Laura Owens - graduate intake 2015 (supervisor)

I graduated from the University of South Wales in the summer of 2015, the same summer that I started working for Glendale.  I graduated with a 2:1 in physical geography.

I found out about the Glendale Graduate Scheme through my university.  The fact that it was advertised via an institute of higher education gave me a very good perception of the scheme.

Whilst taking part in the scheme I’ve learnt a range of skills from an operational level right up to managerial roles.  You get the opportunity to interact with a wide range of individuals and develop a wide range of skill sets, both in an office based environment and operationally.  

Overall, I feel a lot more rounded as a person and I believe that I have developed the necessary skills for good management along with operational knowledge.  So far I have passed my D746, working with powerlines and my IOSH managing safely certificate in health and safety.

After I finished the Glendale Graduate Scheme I was appointed to the position of supervisor on a new contract in Newport.  I am currently setting up the new contract from scratch.  This is a big challenge but it is definitely making my confidence grow.

In the future I’d like to undertake my NVQ Level 3 in Business Management and I’d like to gain enough experience to progress from the position of supervisor up to contract manager.


Anthony Jones - graduate intake 2014 (service delivery manager)

Before joining the Glendale Graduate Scheme I attended university in Cornwall where I studied Environmental Resource Management. Before university I was a gardener for many years and have a National Diploma in Horticulture.

I started the Glendale Graduate Scheme in 2014, aged 28. The scheme appealed to me because Glendale has such a variety of green services around the country and I knew I would get the opportunity to do what I love, working with plants and trees.

The Glendale Graduate Scheme was great as you start on the tools getting a good understanding of what happens on the ground. It has given me the opportunity to experience and learn about grounds maintenance and utility arboriculture, as well as develop my managerial skills and improve my knowledge of the industry.

Being part of a new team that has helped to mobilise such a large contract, and becoming a full time team manager, have been the most rewarding experiences for me so far. I really like working as part of a team and I am very pleased to be working in arboriculture.

The qualifications  I have achieved through the Glendale Graduate Scheme so far are Unit 1 Electrical Knowledge and Professional Tree inspection. I am currently in the process of completing an IOSH managing safety certificate in health and safety and there are plans for me to complete my utility arboriculture surveying qualification.

After I finished the Glendale Graduate Scheme I was appointed to the position of team manager on the company’s contract with Western Power Distribution in Worcester and in 2016 became service delivery manager with the estates team in Wiltshire.