The Eden Project has become a globally renowned attraction for its wonder but also for its work as both an educational charity and social enterprise.
As learning is at the heart of everything they do, Eden is a big advocate of apprenticeships.
Alex Bool is an events apprentice at Eden working in the corporate hospitality team to deliver a range of different events. Whether its weddings, parties, hosting royal visits or even high-profile events such as the G7 summit reception.
She was already working in a seasonal hospitality role at Eden and when she heard they offered an events apprenticeship in a place that she already loved, she said: “It just felt like a no-brainer for me and I’m really glad that I did it.”
Alex has recently completed her Level 3 apprenticeship in which she achieved a distinction and says she feels very proud.
“I’ve learnt a whole array of different skills from being here and doing something different every day.”
She went on to say: “It’s never too late to do an apprenticeship and start a new career and I think an apprenticeship is the best way to do that.”
Matthew Toms is already halfway through his international apprenticeship with the Eden Project. Providing administrative support on Eden’s various projects globally, Matthew says the apprenticeship initially caught his eye as it ticked every box he’d ever looked for in a job.
On why he chose this apprenticeship, Matthew said: “I’ve always had a passion for the environment, nature and everything that goes alongside it. But I also wanted to continue to live in Cornwall as it’s where I’ve been brought up.”
Matthew enjoys his apprenticeship and has appreciated the experiences he’s had along the way, being able to enjoy where he works and saying ‘Yes’ to every opportunity that comes along.
He said: “The benefits of an apprenticeship are you’re surrounded by constant support.”
“There’s someone there to answer your questions, to take the time to want you to learn.”
Jed Langdon is the Learning Development Manager at the Eden Project and thinks it’s great that each apprentice brings different knowledge, interests, and experiences along with them.
He said: “Having done apprenticeships now for about 8 years, we’re seeing those apprentices go onto lots of different things within the organisation.”
“We love apprentices at the Eden Project, they’re a huge part of our culture here and they make such a big impact.”
Learning Specialist Greg Richards said: “We try to work with as many people as possible and help give opportunities to the apprentices we have.”
As an educational charity, apprenticeships play a big role in the operations of the Eden Project.
He said: “I think as an employer, you get people that are very enthusiastic and very keen because they’re learning as they’re working.” The knowledge, methods, and techniques that they discover can be implemented straight away and teach employers as well.
“I’d recommend apprenticeships to the other companies because there are so many different apprenticeships out there and I’m sure they’ll be as beneficial to you as they have been to us.”