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Thomastown Depot Celebrates the Graduation of its First Horticulture Apprentice

Education is power, knowledge is wealth,” Dr T.P. Chia once said. Knowledge is one of UMS’s values and a part of our RISK-FREE values acronym. Through continuous encouragement and advocacy for building and sharing knowledge amongst staff, we are able to consistently apply best practice to the jobs at hand. That’s why we are known as the “Safe Trusted Experts”. Hence, it is with great pleasure that we celebrate Ryan Hughes, Grounds and Open Space Apprentice, who recently completed his Certificate III in Parks and Gardens. Ryan is the first UMS employed apprentice to complete his apprenticeship.

Ryan Hughes commenced his training with UMS on 21st July 2016 and through hard work and resilience, he has successfully completed his Certificate III in Parks and Gardens on 25th June 2019. Through his training and apprenticeship at Melbourne Polytechnic and UMS, Ryan is now a qualified Horticulturalist who possesses the required technical skills and knowledge to maintain parks and gardens to a high standard.

Ryan is grateful for the opportunity UMS has provided him. “This has been a very rewarding experience. I have learnt a lot about myself and the industry. I also want to Thank Derrek Drumming, Heath Appleton and Carl Baxter for their mentoring and continuous support.Thank you.

Credit also goes to the management and teams at Thomastown and Williamstown for their support, guidance and mentoring provided to Ryan during his apprenticeship,” said Executive Manager of Human Resources and SEQ. Having been mentored and guided by the experts in our respective fields, we are sure Ryan will become a skilled and credible Horticulturalist in no time!