Monday, March 6, 2017 - 17:30

Around 120 young people gathered at the Eden Project to mark the beginning of National Apprenticeship Week today (Monday).

The guests – a mixture of current apprentices and those interested in taking up an apprenticeship – came together to share their experiences and take part in activities across the Eden Project, including den-building and orienteering.

The day began with a presentation by apprentices from Pendennis Shipyard, a company that makes and renovates super-yachts in Falmouth, and also included a workshop on job interview techniques.

Apprentices who attended the event included those from the NHS and Cornwall Council as well as the Eden apprentice team, who cover a range of disciplines at the project, including horticulture, hospitality and events management.

Jed Langdon, Eden’s Learning and Development Specialist and one of the organisers of the day, said: “It has been brilliant to bring together apprentices from across Cornwall with other young people who are interested in apprenticeships.

“At Eden we are passionate about promoting the benefits of apprenticeships and have seen first-hand the great opportunities that they can open up, as well as the difference that apprentices can make to an organisation. The participants today really showed the energy, enthusiasm and talent that make this difference.”

Will Pearce, an apprentice at Pendennis Shipyard, said: “I think apprenticeships are a good way to go. I was at college when I saw this job come up and I haven’t looked back since.

“Today has been good, it’s good to get out and do something a bit different. Meeting other apprentices has been useful, it gives me a different perspective on what everyone else is doing.”

The day was organised in collaboration with Helen Lynch, Chair of the Cornwall Apprentice Ambassador Network.

National Apprenticeship Week runs until March 10 and brings together employers and apprentices from across England to celebrate the success of apprenticeships and seeks to encourage even more people to choose apprenticeships as a fast-track to a great career.

Eden’s award-winning apprenticeship programme is run in collaboration with Cornwall College and employs around 25 apprentices at any one time.