Through the HELP program, students receive paid work experiences in the real world, contributing to their growth and skill development. As interns, they must complete specific Educational Learning Objectives (ELOs) designed to enhance their understanding and expertise in the field.
Additionally, students participating in the program have the opportunity to earn micro credentials from NHLA in various specialized areas, including landscape construction, maintenance, fine gardening, landscape architecture, landscape lighting, irrigation, and arboriculture.
To participate in the HELP program, NHLA members must follow these steps:
- Apply for the Vocational Cooperative Education Program.
- Complete a Pre-Screening form to ensure compliance with Workers Compensation Insurance and maintain a safe work environment.
- Await APPROVAL from the NH Department of Labor.
- Contact the Director or Career Counselor at a nearby CTE Program.
The HELP program requires annual registration with the NH Department of Labor, and all necessary forms can be downloaded from the NHLA website.
Doug Cullen from Pinkerton Academy will reach out to CTE Program Directors, streamlining the process for member involvement. The HELP program represents an exciting opportunity for NHLA members to shape the future of the Green Industry by nurturing and training the next generation of landscape professionals. Although the program may encounter a few challenges, its vision is to create a well-prepared and dedicated workforce that will lead the industry forward.