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Animal Care Apprentice - Lucia Roberts

“I decided on a career in animal care because I have always had an interest and a love for all kinds of animals since I was a little girl, especially dogs” says 20-year-old Apprentice Lucia Roberts from North Wales.

Lucia is currently undertaking an Animal Care Apprenticeship through Coleg Cambria Deeside and works at Pet & Equine Services in Ruthin, North Wales. Lucia completed Level 1 Animal Care at Coleg Cambria Llysfasi and is currently studying for Level 2 through her Apprenticeship which she started in December 2013.

Horticulture Apprentice - Lloyd Morgan

Lloyd Morgan is a Horticulture Apprentice from Pontyclun, Mid Glamorgan. He is undertaking his Apprenticeship through Bridgend College’s Pencoed Campus.

His time studying horticulture at Tonypandy Community College sparked his interest in a career in the industry. Lloyd undertook his Levels 1 and 2 Diploma in Horticulture at college which helped him secure his Apprenticeship. Starting in November 2013, Lloyd’s Apprenticeship combines practical hands-on work at Miskin Manor Hotel in Pontyclun with college-based learning.

Horticulture Apprentice - James Uncles

“I have always appreciated the beauty in gardens so I wanted to be a part of that and learn as much as possible about horticulture” declares James Uncles from South Wales.

James works as an Apprentice Gardener at Miskin Manor Hotel in Mid Glamorgan. He started his career in horticulture by studying a Level 2 Diploma at Bridgend College in South Wales. In addition he gained certificates in brushcutters, strimmers, pesticides and first aid, which have provided him with invaluable knowledge as he undertakes his Apprenticeship through Bridgend College’s Pencoed Campus.

Horticulture Apprentice - Luke Williams

Twenty-year-old Luke Williams was undertaking military training before he enrolled at Coleg Cambria in North Wales. After realising a military career wasn’t for him he decided to look into a career in horticulture.

Agriculture Apprentice - Dyfed Roberts

Apprentice Dyfed Roberts works on his family sheep and beef farm in Llanddona on Anglesey, North Wales.

Landscape Horticulturalist - Morgan Bailey

When Landscape Horticulturist Morgan Bailey was at school his interests lay in the building trade. He initially thought of following the steps of his uncles and entering the industry, but his love of the environment led him to study horticulture at college.

Apprentice Dog Groomer - Sophie Armstead

Twenty-year-old Sophie Armstead is currently working as an Apprentice Dog Groomer for Barx of Mold, a dog grooming salon in Flintshire, North Wales. She is taking the Apprenticeship through Coleg Cambria and works five days a week.

Sophie has always been interested in animal care and first got into the industry by undertaking work experience with Barx in 2010. She then embarked in her Apprenticeship in December 2013 and really enjoys the hands-on aspect of her job.

Canine Behaviourist - Morag Heirs

“I was drawn to working with animals when I was in school” says 35-year-old Canine Behaviourist Morag Heirs. Morag’s background is in psychology. She obtained a Psychology degree in Glasgow and pursued her interest in research with a self-funded Masters in Research Methods. Alongside her academic studies, she gained research experience in a number of areas and ran her own remedial massage business in Glasgow.

Horticulturalist - Duana Pearson

Duana Pearson is a Horticulturalist working at the Eden Project in Cornwall. A love of the outdoors has always featured in Duana’s life, so whilst researching career options at school she decided a role in horticulture would suit her.

Horticulture Apprentice - Tom Thompson

Nineteen-year-old Tom Thompson from Norwich is studying for a Level 2 Horticulture Apprenticeship through EDGE Apprenticeships in Food & Farming. He is working at a Pick-Your-Own farm in Norfolk.

The Farm stretches across 230 acres and is home to around 50 acres of fruit crops including strawberries, raspberries, apple, gooseberries, plums, cherries and pears. The fruit is part of the pick-your-own venture, where members of the public are able to pick fruit and buy freshly made produce such as homemade apple juice, cakes and strawberry ice cream.