Two green-fingered park trainees believe apprenticeships have played a big part towards their careers as National Apprenticeship Week begins.
Michael Green, 19, and Eldad Anobah, 22, are apprentices at two Enfield parks, helping with park maintenance including blowing leaves and cutting the grass.
Mr Green, who works at Jubilee Park, believes his apprenticeship has given him the skills to progress in the business.
He said: “I did have the option to look into university but I didn’t think it would be worth it so I took up an apprenticeship and it has been great.
“I have learnt so much since I started 18 months ago and now that I am coming to the end of the apprenticeship, I hope I can get a job here.”
Both apprentices will finish this month and are hopeful on staying on permanently.
Mr Anobah, who works at Durants Park, said the visual impact of the work he does is the biggest positive from his job.
He said: “You can see the result of all your hard work and so can others, that is the most rewarding part of my job.
“I have always wanted to do something that is hands-on and I am confident that with this experience, I will be able to stay on.”
When both asked about what they would like to do in the future, both had different ideas about their career paths.
Mr Green said: “I would eventually like to set up my own business and perhaps take it abroad to maybe Australia or that region.”
Mr Anobah said: “Working my way up to become a park manager one day would be great and then from there, who knows? There a lots of opportunities.”
The pair will both attend the apprentice awards ceremony for more than 200 apprentices in Enfield.