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Prestigious Kew Placement for Duchy Student
A student from Duchy College Rosewarne is getting a step closer to her dream career after gaining an apprenticeship at one of the world's leading botanical gardens.
Scarlett English, from Falmouth, who is studying Horticulture Diploma Level 3, has been offered an Apprenticeship in Botanical Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Scarlett said: “I didn’t expect to get the place, I’m looking forward to it, a bit sad to be leaving Cornwall but it will be great experience and hopefully put me in good stead to start my career in horticulture.”
Scarlett starts her three-year apprenticeship in August. During the period she will gain experience in arboretum services, glasshouses, conservation and ornamental displays as well as on the job training.
“The course covers a massive range of horticulture skills and I’m also going to be studying a Royal Horticultural Society Certificate as well so it should be really good experience. I’ve covered a lot of the basics here at Rosewarne, which I’ve enjoyed, and I think things like plant identification and soil science will definitely help me during my apprenticeship,” added Scarlett.
Mike Harrington, Horticulture Lecturer, said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for Scarlett. Apprenticeships at Kew are much sought after, she’s been a great student and I’m sure she’ll continue her hard work and gain lots of valuable skills at Kew.”
Kew is one of the world’s most famous gardens, with 300 acres and 250 years of history to explore.
Andrew Counsell, Head of Duchy College, said: “What a fantastic achievement, it’s great to see our students excelling in their field and we wish Scarlett all the luck for the future. Apprenticeships are proving to be a popular route into employment, they are a great way to get hands-on experience and still continue in education.”
To find out more about the horticulture courses available at Duchy College Rosewarne, please call 0845 605 0455 or visit the website www.duchy.ac.uk.