Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 12:06

Applications are now being accepted for the Eden Project’s new apprenticeship scheme which will result in 20-25 new jobs.

On Saturday (May 17), Eden hosted a well-attended welcome day for those interested in applying. St. Austell and Newquay MP Stephen Gilbert was there to lend his support.

Stephen said: “The Eden Project has a well-deserved reputation for growing plants from around the world. It's great that they are now investing in growing young local talent through a significant expansion of the apprenticeship schemes in place.

“Since becoming an MP the number of local apprenticeships has more than doubled and this is yet further evidence of the investment this Government is making to support businesses in taking on and training the business leaders of the future.”

David Harland, Eden’s joint executive director, said: “We had a great turn-out at the open day and everyone was very pleased with the excellent candidates who came in to see us.

“There are lots of very able, enthusiastic people out there and we’re confident that this new apprenticeship scheme will enhance Eden as well as helping talented people attain a qualification and valuable experience in the workplace.”

Raoul Humphreys, Deputy CEO of The Cornwall College Group said: “We were really pleased with energy, commitment and focus of the individuals who came to find out more about the scheme.

“Applicants had the opportunity to have a hands-on experience on the day and they all seemed to enjoy the opportunity to be at the Eden Project to find out more about the opportunities available to them.

“We are looking forward to working with the apprentices to help provide them with the skills they need to progress in their careers.”

Eden’s apprentices will learn an occupation through a combination of working at the project and taking part in off the job training and development delivered with Cornwall College. The apprentices will work across six teams.

The new apprenticeship scheme is being run in partnership with The Cornwall College Group and its specialist Rural Environment arm Duchy College. The programme will see the paid apprentices working across a range of different teams including horticulture, vehicle maintenance, hospitality, the visitor experience, media and creative design.

Eden has previously employed a number of apprentices but this will be the most recruited at a single time.

The apprenticeships are open to motivated people aged 16 and over with any level of qualification, who are looking for a structured opportunity to learn and earn at the same time.

Eden’s apprenticeships will be full time, for a period of up to two years. Apprentices will be paid and expected to work 40 hours a week, which will generally be four days a week at Eden and one day in off-the-job training either at the College or on the Eden site.

Applications for the Eden Project apprenticeship scheme are now open and will close on Monday June 30. Anyone who is interested in applying should go to or call the Eden Project recruitment line on 01726 811967.