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APPRENTICESHIPS AT ROTHAMSTED

MATTHEW BERRIDGE

“I would recommend an apprenticeship at Rothamsted, there are so many opportunities that you won’t always find in other places and it has a great working environment”

aPPRENTICE SUMMARY

LOCATION:

Rothamsted Research - Harpenden

APPRENTICE COURSE:

Horticulture

LEVEL OF APPRENTICESHIP:

Level 2 & Level 3

COLLEGE:

Oaklands College - Smallford Campus

SUPERVISOR:

Ben Flannery

Matthew has been able to approach every task with a fresh set of ideas and views to put across to the benefit of the team. It has been really rewarding to be able to develop and support someone so early on in their career to see them grow and mature.

MATTHEW'S STORY

I had a basic knowledge of horticulture and wanted to develop these skills while in the work place. The vast agricultural history of Rothamsted, accompanied by the hectares of land really attracted me to undertake my apprenticeship here. I have really enjoyed the atmosphere here, and the support I have received in terms of training and mentoring.

As well as formal support (mentoring, supervision and training), the community of apprentices at Rothamsted is so varied, you will never have trouble seeking support from your peers. As well as this, you are surrounded by world-class scientists and technicians, who have an array of skills, and are always willing to help.

Rothamsted is a social place, for apprentices in particular! There are sports and social clubs to join, as well as a gym and tennis courts on site. In our social club, we have a bar (the “Pav”) which holds events year-round and is open on Friday nights. London is only 25 minutes away by train, so the opportunity to attend social and cultural events is endless.