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Meet our apprentices

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An Eden apprenticeship is the chance for talented, enthusiastic and passionate individuals to work at the Eden Project, or another organisation in Cornwall, while studying for a nationally recognised qualification.  

As well as enjoying expert tuition from Cornwall College’s and Truro and Penwith College's expert trainers, apprentices benefit from working with the Eden's team members in their chosen area.

We offer the following core apprenticeship opportunities:

In collaboration with Cornwall College:

  • horticulture apprentice
  • events management apprentice

In collaboration with Truro and Penwith College

  • commis chef apprentice

You can read about these in more detail towards the bottom of this page.

Other apprenticeship opportunities

In addition to the three core apprenticeships above, Eden is committed to developing young people in other areas of the organisation. To support this we also have apprenticeships in the following disciplines:

In collaboration with Truro and Penwith College

In collaboration with Cornwall College

Like the core apprenticeships these are also two-year placements and become part of the overall Eden Learning cohort. Each year there will be a small number of new apprenticeship placements added, which are publicised on our Current vacancies page.

Apprenticeship awards

Three of our apprentices were awarded Cornwall Apprentice of the Year prizes in 2016, and in the same year Eden Project won the Outstanding Commitment to Apprenticeships award at Cornwall’s Excellence in Training Awards. In 2017 we won the award for Outstanding Commitment to Apprenticeships in Cornwall's Excellence in Business Training Awards and Large Apprentice Employer of the Year at the Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards. See the show garden that students created for the 2017 Cornwall Spring Flower Show. 

Eden apprentices in other Cornish businesses

We are also looking for businesses within Cornwall who would like to join us by recruiting their own Eden apprentice. Find out more.

Core Eden apprenticeships on offer

The Eden commis chef

The primary objective of the commis chef is to learn and understand how to carry out the key functions in every section of the kitchen. Therefore having the opportunity to experience, consider and value each section with a view to choosing an area where they feel most inspired.

The programme involves developing effective knowledge, behaviours and skills in four main areas – culinary, people, business and food safety with specific topics including:

  • Preparing, cooking and finishing basic dishes including fish and shellfish, poultry, meat, game, stocks and sauces, bread and dough, rice and pasta, soups, vegetables and pulses, egg dishes, hot and cold desserts, cakes and biscuits.
  • Health, safety and security of the working environment including food safety and hygiene practices.
  • Food waste management and minimisation.
  • Professional behaviours – timekeeping, attendance, following company standards, reliability, communication.
  • Importance of working within budgets.
  • Understanding the supply chain and how to work with suppliers.
  • Risks in a work environment and how to manage them.
  • Taste – basic flavour profile, seasoning, herbs and spices.
  • Correct techniques including common knives, tools and equipment.
  • Key allergens.
  • Working as part of a team.
  • Meeting targets and effectively controlling resources.

The Eden gardener

As an Eden gardener apprentice you will:

 

  • Be employed by the Eden Project or an organisation or business with a similar ethos in Cornwall. 
  • Learn the very best skills and theory working with Eden’s world class Horticulture team.
  • Enjoy unrivalled access to work in the wide range of different environments within Eden.
  • Have the opportunity to specialise in one of the seven sectors of horticulture at Eden (the Rainforest Biome, Outdoor Biome, Mediterranean Biome, Outer Estate, Nursery, Temporary Display and Science team).
  • Benefit from industry insight and networking by becoming a member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture.
  • Develop the skills and experience to prepare for a career in horticulture.
  • Receive a Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture.
  • Have the opportunity to progress to an Eden Project Learning Higher Education Programme on completion of your apprenticeship.

We have a team available to help you find a suitable employer if you need the support.

The training, theory and practical skills development of this programme will be delivered predominantly at the Eden Project through a combination of master classes and workshops in a dedicated learning space.

Read how one apprentice is growing exotic food for our cafes.

Eden event management apprentice

As an Eden event management apprentice you will:

  • Be employed by the Eden Project.
  • Learn the very best organisational skills and theory working with Eden’s world class corporate events team to deliver events including parties and weddings.
  • Develop the flair and creativity needed to ensure that Eden’s event guests have an unforgettable experience.
  • Develop superb interpersonal skills to achieve the World host kite mark, an internationally recognised customer service standard.
  • Receive a Level 2 Diploma in Event Management.
  • Have the opportunity to progress to an Eden Project Learning Higher Education Programme on completion of your apprenticeship.

We have a team available to help you find a suitable employer if you need the support.

The training, theory and practical skills development of this programme will be delivered predominantly at the Eden Project through a combination of master classes and workshops in a dedicated learning space.

Practical information

Read about who can apply and how

  • The apprenticeships are open to EU citizens aged 16 or over. If you are from outside the UK, remember to check necessary visa requirements, which can be found on the UK Border Agency website.
  • Apprentices earn the standard national apprenticeship rate (£3.50 per hour during the first year) and work a 40-hour/week contract, including four days at Eden and one day a week at College.
  • All of our apprenticeships are on a two-year fixed term contract of employment.
  • Apprentices receive 30 days' annual leave, including bank holidays.
  • Apprentices who complete the programme will receive a nationally recognised qualification in the area of their chosen career.
  • We unfortunately cannot provide accommodation for apprentices.
  • You do not need any specific qualifications to take part in our apprenticeships, we are far more interested in your enthusiasm, motivation and commitment.
  • Our apprenticeships start at the end of September each year, in line with the academic year. When applications are open these are advertised on our current vacancies page, where you can sign up for vacancy alerts. We occasionally offer other selected apprenticeships outside of these three core areas - keep an eye on our vacancies page.
  • To speak to a member of staff about the apprenticeships, please call Lorraine on 01726 818739 or email ltonkin@edenproject.com

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