The landscape and arboricultural industries are a popular choice for service leavers, and it is easy to see why with many potential career paths to choose from. Ground Control is just one organisation paving the way for your civilian career
As well as a desire to have an impact on the environment surrounding us, leadership, project management and resilience are all critical and transferable skills most service leavers already possess.
Its popularity also stems from the fact that most roles are not desk based; like most companies in the industry, Ground Control would far rather their contract managers were out on site or with their teams than stuck behind a desk.
Established in 1973, Ground Control is a “can do” company founded on the core principles of delivering quality results and an outstanding service to their customers.
Offering a truly national service that includes grounds maintenance, winter maintenance, tree works and vegetation management, soft and hard landscaping, ecology, landscape design and build, pest control and fencing.
Ground Control is the contractor of choice for many well-known private and public organisations including Network Rail, Tesco, Severn Trent Water, Sainsbury’s, Western Power Distribution and the Tower of London to name a few.
From their high-standard of work, Ground Control has earned prestigious recognition, including multiple BALI awards and the Queen’s Award for Innovation for its industry leading operational systems.
Service leavers have used and developed their skills in a number of diverse roles at Ground Control, including leading the operational team in the reactive roofing division, arboricultural surveyors assessing for safety, disease and any maintenance works required; and as regional contracts managers looking after retail and utilities clients and field teams on their patch.
As you might expect, Ground Control is a seasonal business and no two days are the same; resilience to cope with fluctuating demand is a key skill they look for in their managers.
Many of the qualifications required, such as CITB site management or NVQs in landscape construction can be obtained fairly quickly, and Ground Control also offers an in house project management skills course to amongst other qualifications as part of the University of Ground Control.
You can develop your skills further with technical qualifications such as NEBOSH and NVQs and degrees in horticulture, as well as leadership training including CMI apprenticeships through their many learning and development opportunities.