Reuben Kirkman studied a horticulture appenticeship at Writtle University College and now works for Jacq & Wills Landscapes as a Skilled Landscape Gardener. Reuben explains how an apprenticeship helped him to take the first steps in his career.
Why did you choose an apprenticeship?
"I chose to become an apprentice because I found that I loved doing landscape gardening so much, and saw that becoming an apprentice would be the best way for me to gain the knowledge I felt I required while still being able to be practical for most of the time. I found that having one day focused on my education in landscape gardening was the best way for me to learn. It meant I could go and further what I learned at work."
What did you enjoy about your time as an apprentice?
"I enjoyed the variation of all the work I was doing and all of the hands on training I was receiving from the company on jobs."
How did your apprenticeship help to prepare you for a career?
"It helped give me education in newer issues such as environmental care, changes in Health and Safety and all the relevant government regulations. It also gave me a framework of information relevant to the industry that I could build off of to incorporate into the business to help it develop further."
What are your plans for the future?
"My current job title is Skilled Landscape Gardener and I plan to continue working at the business and helping it grow."
For more information on apprenticeships, go to writtle.ac.uk/Apprenticeships-courses