Planting for a great fuchsia

Anna Lancaster has always held an interest in creativity.

Before she had started her Australian Apprenticeship in Horticulture, the 39-year-old had studied photography and woodwork, worked in the Australian Antarctic Division, and studied multimedia and design.

“I suppose I wanted a job I could enjoy rather than be stuck behind a desk on a beautiful day,” Anna said.

“They say if you can find a job doing what you enjoy, you never have to work a day in your life.”

Now as an Australian Apprentice with Work & Training Ltd and placed at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, the Hobart resident recognises she is on her way to becoming a fully-qualified horticulturalist – and to the job of her childhood dreams.

Her personal pursuits reflect her enjoyment of the outdoors, including extensive travel and as a keen photographer of the macro world of plants and insects.

“For me changing careers was an easy thing to do; the early mornings and sometimes long hours mean nothing because I love the work,” Anna said.

During August 2012, Anna was one of the 21 Australian Apprentices that attended Group Training Australia’s Today’s Skills: Tomorrow’s Leaders program in Canberra.

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