A picture of Keren's story

Keren Ross - horticulture apprentice

For horticulture and landscape apprentice Keren, the chance to get stuck in and grow her skills through practical experience was more appealing than learning in a classroom.

She said: “After successfully passing my GCSEs I attended sixth form college for a year, but soon realised it was not for me.

“I enjoy being hands-on and found the idea of being able to learn and work, whilst earning money, more appealing than sitting in a classroom.”

Keren tried her hand at various jobs after leaving college - working in business, admin, hospitality and even childcare - but none really appealed.

But then she spotted Sanctuary’s apprenticeship scheme and knew immediately it was the right path for her to follow.

Keren joined Sanctuary in September 2017 as a Level 2 Horticulture and Landscape Operative apprentice, based in Hull.

She has already had the opportunity to learn new skills and take a hands-on approach to learning, working on a variety of landscaping schemes and helping to make a real difference to Sanctuary’s communities and the people who live there.

Keren said: “I think the apprenticeship scheme is a wonderful opportunity for anyone wanting to try something new and rewarding.

“It has given me the opportunity to visit new places and meet new people, including apprentices from all over the country who have their own interesting stories and experiences to share.”

One of the things Keren values most about her apprenticeship is the chance to work as part of a team who are always available to offer support and help her develop.

“I enjoy working with such a good bunch of people who make the job fun and interesting,” she added.

“I get to work alongside top level technicians, with years of experience. They are so supportive and don’t expect you to be a master within a few months. I also love the feeling of knowing I have impressed my supervisor, it is a real confidence boost.”