WESLEY’S STORY: TREE SURGERY?
Wesley served in the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers as a Rifleman, progressing to be a Machine Gun Specialist, and then being a part of the Intelligence Cell. Wesley had struggled to find a job or a hobby he was passionate about after completing his tours in Kosovo and Northern Ireland until he attended a HighGround Rural Week and found an interest in tree surgery.
With HighGround’s help, Wesley was advised by subject matter experts and a careers coach on how to fulfil his aspirations. During the Rural Week, Wesley said:
‘Being at Plumpton College was a great experience! I would recommend the rural week to anyone interested in working within the land-based sector. The main thing for me was a completely non-threatening environment. The staff were great, all of who were very friendly and helpful, and I especially enjoyed the food which is all produced within the college! I would also like to thank Help for Heroes for funding my place, it has made a big difference. ’
Wesley left the Rural Week happier, confident and feeling more positive regarding the future. Wesley is currently looking to get himself on an 8-week course in tree surgery at Plumpton College. HighGround will continue to support Wesley and work with him towards his goal of becoming a tree surgeon.