At 17, Sean was one of our older Agad treun (Imbewu) students. Because he has dyslexia, Sean attended Hollybrook Academy in Glasgow, a school for pupils with additional learning needs. Sean always wanted to work in nature but never had the opportunity.
On the recommendation of his teacher, Sean applied to and was accepted for the programme at the Douglas Estate, North Lanarkshire, in September 2014.
Sean took enthusiastic part in the three-day wilderness camping expedition, learning about wildlife and land use. During the following three days, he and the other participants worked with estate staff and local volunteers on conservation tasks such as making and erecting bird boxes.
Sean so impressed the Douglas staff that the estate manager offered him a week’s work experience. Following successful completion of a week with the Douglas gamekeeper team, Sean accepted another week’s placement on a different estate in spring 2015. The Douglas & Angus Estates then offered him a two-year modern apprenticeship in gamekeeping. Sean is considering further education at the University of the Highlands in gamekeeping.