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Hampshire Investors in Young People Award

JOC are supporting Hampshire Futures

Our Contract Manager, Alan Stevens and his team have been working in partnership with Hampshire County Council to provide work experience for one of their interns. The intern, Ben, started his work experience in November 2018 and will complete his placement next month. He spends two days per week, Thursday and Friday, with Alan and his team.

So far during his placement scheme, Ben has mainly been working with our sports marking operative, Alan Reeves, teaching him how to correctly mark football, rugby and rounders pitches, athletics tracks and training grids. In addition, they attend and complete pitch renovations,

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Young helping hands join the John O’Conner team at Alexandra Palace

Our Alexandra Palace (APA) Contract Manager, Michael Conway and his team of experienced grounds maintenance operatives have once again been working hard to share their knowledge and skills to two individuals who have been attending the Palace for two very different, but equally important reasons.

 

 

Local A Level student, David Ainsworth, from Wood House College has recently completed over 60 hours of voluntary work as part of his Duke of Edinburgh GOLD award criteria. The Duke of Edinburgh Award helps support and transform the lives of millions of young people whilst helping to build the confidence,

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John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance Ltd Celebrates 50 Year Anniversary

Family owned and run John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance celebrates 50 years in business this year. The award-winning Hertfordshire based business that operates landscape maintenance contracts from the Scottish Highlands & Islands through to the Isle of Wight plans to mark the occasion with lots of 50 themed events with its staff, customers and the communities it serves.

The focus for the events will be to support community-based projects in the areas in which it works. Some of the events already planned include:

50 Apprenticeship training opportunities created 50 Corporate Social Responsibility Projects 50 Trees donated to local schools

Chairman John O’Conner started the company in June 1969 and five decades later the company remains in family ownership with his son Matthew O’Conner now Managing Director.

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BALI Principal Award Winners 2018!

John O’Conner are delighted to have received a major Principal Award 2018 for Grounds Maintenance – Limited Access, together with our Client Serco at their site The Emergency Planning College, The Hawkhills in York.

The awards were held in London on Friday 7th December at the Grosvenor House Hotel and were hosted by journalist and television presenter Dan Walker.

The Awards, which are run annually by the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), pay tribute to landscape designers and specialist Landscape and Grounds Maintenance contractors who have demonstrated exceptionally high standards of professionalism and skill.

Managing Director,

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How Has the UK Heatwave Affected Our Landscape?

This summer’s heatwave has been the go-to topic of conversation since June. With temperatures regularly hitting above 30℃, large swathes of the country have gone from green to yellow – with plant life and grassy parklands desperate for even the smallest amount of rainfall.

While the heatwave might be tough for us to cope with, spare a thought for our environment. From water reserves to greenery, the constant dry heat has had an enormous impact on our landscape, so let’s take a look at the severity of the heatwave in this article.

The UK’s hottest summer in 42 years

The record-breaking temperatures saw the Met Office issue a heatwave alert in July,

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April 2017 News

April 2017  seasonal employment opportunities: Experienced grounds maintenance operatives sought for the summer season (April to October) UK-wide. If you would like to submit an application for employment please download an application form and email your completed form to recruitment@johnoconner.co.uk

Levy lift off: John O’Conner has been quick off the ground with its use of the Levy. At an Apprenticeship event hosted by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Herts Growth Hub and the Beds and Herts Provider Network, Managing Director Matt O’Conner pledged to use the levy to take on new apprentices and to improve the skill sets of existing workers.

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March 2017 News

New Contract Wins: We are delighted to announce the following contract wins:

Hampshire County Council Schools Leicester County Council Schools Cunninghame Housing Association Loreburn Housing Association Perth & Kinross Council Highland and Islands Enterprise

John O’Conner Apprentice visits No 10: We are really pleased for Emma Charlton one of our 2016 Apprentices who visited No 10 Downing Street. Emma started her Apprenticeship with John O’Conner in November 2016 and works on our East Hertfordshire contract. Her future plans include working on National Trust Sites and/or high end Horticulture!

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February 2017 News

John O’Conner are really pleased to finalise orders on our new fleet of Fiat Ducatos. These new Euro-6 compliant vehicles will enable John O’Conner to reduce our fleet related carbon emissions.

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