Alex Bryant’s career has gone from strength to strength after joining Sheffield-based environmental consultancy Wildscapes as an unemployed graduate 18 months ago.
Alex, aged 24, has been appointed supervisor of Wildscapes’ land management team, which carries out environmental maintenance and improvement schemes designed to protect natural habitats, for private and public sector clients.
The geography graduate wanted a career in land management, but couldn’t find a job so he became a volunteer with the Sheffield Wildlife Trust, where he worked on joint projects with Wildscapes.
His dedication and hard work won him a six-month job with the Trust, under the government’s now abolished Future Jobs Fund programme.
That, in turn, led to Alex being offered a job as an assistant in the land management team at Wildscapes, the Sheffield-based Community Interest Company founded five years ago by the Trust to help it deal with the increasing number of calls for help and advice that it was getting from local authorities, architects, developers and businesses at large.
Since then, he has gained a number of land management qualifications with Wildscapes’ support.
Wildscapes’ landscape contracts manager Tom Harman said: “Alex has progressed really well in the past 18 months and we recognised his talents and were pleased to be able to promote him to a supervisory role.
“During his time with Wildscapes he has proved himself to be both a natural leader and someone who takes real pride in the quality of his work. We believe in investing in our staff and helping them to develop and progress in their careers and Alex is a great example of just what can be achieved.”
In his new role Alex will lead the work on a number of projects including moorland restoration in the Peak District as part of the Moors for the Future scheme and tree planting at Greno Woods in Sheffield.
Alex said: “I was attracted to land management because I enjoy working outdoors and I am passionate about protecting the environment.”