Apprentice turns recruiter for seasonal staff at top Cornish attraction

Matt Fulford presented Business Apprentice of the Year at the 2015 Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards, by sponsor Beth Garvin of CORMAC.

Demonstrating the impressive career progression offered by an Apprenticeship, the Business Apprentice of the year at the 2015 Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards, has progressed from Apprentice to Human Resources Assistant at The Eden Project.

Matt Fulford (Bodmin), who has completed his Apprenticeship with Truro and Penwith College, is now heavily involved in recruiting seasonal staff at the iconic Cornish attraction.

“It is brilliant to know I will continue to work at Eden, I have loved my time here, particularly hearing from candidates and learning about their backgrounds and experiences at interview,” said Matt. 

Seasonal recruitment at the Eden Project is key to the company’s success and a massive project to prepare for the summer season.

Jed Langdon, Learning and Development Specialist at Eden said: “Matt is now a key part of this process, co-ordinating interviews, making job offers and preparing contracts for successful candidates, as well as helping to deliver our induction programme so new team members understand Eden’s aims and know how they can contribute to us achieving them.  Our seasonal team members are critical in ensuring our visitor facing teams have the capacity to cope with increased demand throughout the summer and making sure our visitors have an excellent visit. This level of responsibility and the promotion to HR Assistant is testament to Matt’s incredible hard work throughout his Apprenticeship and his ability to learn and develop quickly. He is someone who is committed and has a real passion for his job, I have no doubt he will enjoy a successful career at Eden”.

Passionate about the Apprenticeship route, Matt has taken the opportunity to become an Apprenticeship Ambassador for Truro and Penwith College, speaking to audiences of interested learners and their parents at a number of events. His Ambassador work and willingness to promote Apprenticeships prompted Eden to include him as part of their team in the national Brathay Apprenticeship Challenge, where they were given a Highly Commended award for their efforts in spreading the word on the benefits of Apprenticeship training.

While Matt continues to deliver results at Eden, many other winners from the 2015 Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards are progressing in their careers. Examples include Cornwall’s Apprentice of the Year Kate Cooke who is now training to become a Chartered Accountant with Lang Bennetts. Ilham Dani (Achiever of the year) has recently graduated with the Rick Stein Academy at Truro and Penwith College and is working at the Seafood Restaurant under Stephane Delourme. Nominations for the 2016 Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards are now open. Nominations close on 12th September, if you know an Apprentice or employer that deserves recognition, now is the time to submit your nomination at www.truro-penwith.ac.uk/CornwallApprenticeshipAwards. We wait in anticipation to hear the achievements of Cornwall’s next Apprentice of the year, who will be crowned at the awards evening hosted by Truro and Penwith College on 18th November.