Kyle left school a little unsure of what to do next. He had some experience of helping out at his dads garden maintenance business and thought that perhaps working in forestry might be for him but was not really aware of the different jobs available or how to get the relevant skills and experience needed to do them.

He heard about the Our Bright Future Modern Apprenticeship programme running in Fife and applied to join the introductory academy programme. Through the academy he found out more about apprenticeships and small-scale forestry.

He was successful in securing a place on the apprenticeship programme and threw himself into learning new skills such as gaining his NTPC chainsaw maintenance, crosscutting and felling (up to 380mm) certificate.

A little scared of heights Kyle was unsure if the climbing element of forestry would be for him but after a deep breath he took to the ropes and found a love for aerial work.

I am not great with heights but being in the harness I feel really secure. I remember my supervisor asking if I’d like to climb on the academy. I said yes but deep down I wasn’t sure. But I’ve tried it and I love it.

Kyle has since completed his as aerial rescue and use of chainsaw up a tree training and assessment and his modern apprenticeship going on to secure a permanent position as Lead Operative Special Arborist with Fife Council.

The programme has been great I’ve definitely grown as a person and am more confident in my abilities as well as gaining industry recognised certificates that have helped me secure my new job.

Kyle’s hard work and determination have been recognised through Lantra Scotland’s Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards. Kyle won the Trees and Timber Modern Apprentice of the year category and now joins a team of Industry Champions who have the opportunity to share their journeys and experiences to inspire the next generation of young people into the rural sector.