Development and Training
We want to help you grow! Our ongoing training and on-the-job experience provides tremendous opportunities for advancement within Armstrong Garden Centers or our sister company, Pike Nurseries. You help determine your advancement and career path. Our team is here to help you achieve your career goals.
New-Hire Orientation Training
Every associate attends a thorough new-hire orientation to learn about Armstrong, our customer, and the brand promise to take the guesswork out of gardening before they start. Our number one goal each and every day is the customer and we strive to exceed their expectations. This introduction to a career with Armstrong Garden Centers covers a wide range of topics that will inspire and prepare new employees for their first day with our company.
Management Trainee Program
The Manager Trainee Program is a hands-on experience into the ins and outs of our operations. This comprehensive nine week training program provides interactive classes that practice coaching and training associates, store operations, financials, human resources, buying, marketing, visual merchandising presentations and much more. The capstone of the program has trainees giving a presentation to Armstrong Garden Centers’ leadership team. This program is designed to teach not only our business but the leadership skills needed to become a successful store manager.
New to Position Training
Our Armstrong Garden Centers training manager meets one-on-one with management level associates taking on a new role within the company and works individually with them to give them the tools they need to succeed. This training is customized for each associate based on their experience and personal strengths and challenges. We truly dedicate ourselves to giving you the tools to succeed.
Armstrong’s “Hort 101” class series is designed to give our associates a well-rounded and thorough education in all aspects of gardening in California. Our “Hort 201” five-week series of classes to prepare Armstrong Associates to pass the California Certified Nursery Professional exam. It is an in-depth education in plant identification, horticultural practices and landscape design.
Sales Skills Workshop
Our customer is our number one focus. In this training, we develop our associates’ knowledge in the areas of customer service and selling. We uncover the customers’ wants and needs and walk through different scenarios to help develop our associate’s confidence. This is a very interactive program that will give new associates key selling skills while challenging associates with decades of experience.
New Product Training
Knowledge is power. Our buyers only bring in the best products that work in our area and it’s important that our associates know the products so they can give our customers accurate information that will allow them to garden without guesswork. New product training is offered in a variety of ways including supplier-partner seminars and training, store meeting product focuses and in-store buyer visits.
"Learn to Grow" Event
Each January, we create multiple learning seminars along with an internal tradeshow that features our valuable supplier-partners. Associates spend a day learning about new products and freshening up on our current product mix. This high-energy day is filled with dynamic speakers, great product knowledge and gives associates a chance to connect with other associates in the company. It truly is a one-of-a-kind event that is designed for our associates.
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