Pair graduate from cadet scheme

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Aformer school teacher and a former art student completed their horticulture cadetships and received their certificates at the Clyde Orchard recently.

Fergus Grant was an English teacher from Invercargill who wanted a career change. He applied to be a cadet about a year ago and now works for Clyde Orchard manager Kris Robb.

‘‘I wanted to do an outside job with physical exercise and sunshine.
‘‘I like the botany and environmental science side of the study and food production is a really practical job.’’

Mr Grant is considering becoming a horticultural apprentice and possibly moving into management later on.

Originally from Auckland, Holly Sharp moved down to Cromwell to work in Webbs Fruit orchard about a year ago.

‘‘I came down here for a holiday and liked it so much I dropped out of art school to move here to work.
‘‘The plant science interests me.’’

While she is unsure what she wants to do next, she intends to continue to work in an orchard in Roxburgh but might go overseas in the future.

Seasonal Solutions assistant operations manager Andrea Burdett said both cadets had passed their New Zealand Certificate in Fruit Production Level 3.

There had been an increased interest in the cadet scheme as people dealt with job uncertainty or were looking for a complete career change.

Primary ITO training adviser Blair Wells said he had seen more people considering apprenticeships in horticulture.