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Gordon student named Victorian Apprentice of the Year

John-Hull - Victorian Apprentice of the Year 2020John Hull who is currently studying a Certificate III in Horticulture – Parks and Gardens at The Gordon was named Apprentice of the Year at the recent 2020 Victorian Apprenticeship Awards.

We caught up with John and asked him what it was like to win such a prestigious award.

“It’s an honour to be nominated let alone win the award. I feel very thankful and proud of myself for doing the best I can, and for that to be recognised by others is great.”

John previously worked in a retail management role, but found the work unfulfilling. Deciding it was time to pursue his passion John commenced a career in horticulture. Now employed by Gforce, John is hosted by Deakin University where he is a part of the grounds team.

“Day-to-day my job consists of gardening maintenance such as brush-cutting, pruning, edging, spraying and mowing. I also do a large amount of designing, plant selection and planting."  

The Gordon has played an important role in John’s training, setting him up with a career pathway.

“One of the most enjoyable aspects of studying with The Gordon is the constant support of knowledgeable and patient teachers, along with the access to state-of-the-art equipment to provide me with the best opportunity to learn.” 

With a clear vision for his future, John now has big aspirations for the industry that he loves!

“Moving forward, I would like to continue my training by going on to study a Diploma of Horticulture. Further into the future, I’m aiming to own my own business, taking care of client’s gardens and hopefully training the next generation of apprentices.”