Apprentices are a vital part of our organisation. Our focus is on training them to have the skills and experience to build a successful career, whether with us or in a business elsewhere in the area. By working alongside more experienced team members, apprentices can learn a lot and get real, hands-on experience of a job.

At the start of 2019, we had 19 apprentices. Of that group 10 have now completed their courses and are moving into new positions.

The former apprentices have finished their courses, gaining qualifications in horticulture, cookery, accounting, business administration and digital and social media. Some are now employed in full time roles with The Auckland Project while others have gone on to new education or employment opportunities.

One of our former Horticultural Apprentices is Louise Murphy, who is now our Garden Supervisor. Originally working as an Early Years Practitioner for a local nursery school, Louise knew her passion lay in gardening, driving her to apply for the apprenticeship in 2017. Now Louise oversees the key gardening work happening within the Deer Park and Castle grounds.

Another of our staff members is Sanjay Gidda, who has recently completed his level four apprenticeship in digital and social media and has moved into his new role as Trainee Marketing Assistant. Sanjay started his level three apprenticeship in 2016, deciding to progress to a level four apprenticeship in 2018.

One of our newly qualified commis chefs, who will be working front of house for our upcoming eateries, is Leah Pull. Leah has just finished her catering apprenticeship and in doing so has found her love for meeting, greeting and serving people of all different backgrounds.

We’re continuing to invest in the development of our apprentices and hope to generate a total of 60 apprenticeships over the next three years. Interested in becoming an apprentice and joining our team? Keep an eye on our Work with Us page for future opportunities.

"When I heard about the Horticulture Apprenticeship, I knew I had to follow my dreams and go for it. This turned out to be the best decision I have ever made in my life."

Louise Murphy
Garden Supervisor

"I am a massive advocate for the apprenticeship system as it has thoroughly changed my life. Since beginning my apprenticeship, my confidence has been boosted both in my personal and professional life, as I have learned so many things throughout my journey."

Sanjay Gidda
Trainee Marketing Assistant

“This apprenticeship has helped me to develop my skills and helped to develop me as a person, I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for this opportunity.”

Leah Pull
Front of House Supervisor

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