YGS are known for not only their landscaping skill and versatility but also their outreach and engagement and their empowering of the next wave of landscapers to find and challenge their green skills.

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We are proud of all our staff members but here we’re shining a light on one. Meet Alex. Alex has 17 years experience working as a chef. Not your typical background for a landscaper. In February 2021, Alex decided to enroll on Sherford Skills CITB (Construction Industry Trade Board) on-site training programme. This is a week long programme, in partnership with City College Plymouth, based at Sherford that enables learners to gain on site practical training, obtain their CSCS card, learn health and safety elements in construction and get hands on industry experience.

On the final day of the course, local employers come to Sherford to meet the learners and to chat to them about their future prospects. One of the employers that Alex met was none other than Steve Warren-Brown, who chatted to him about the YGS, its values and employment opportunities. Steve then offered Alex a job as a Landscape Operative, a position in to which he settled right in. In this time period, Alex has excelled and is now being promoted to a supervisor. A notable project has been Coop, Newton Abbot which he ran by himself and took complete ownership of the site, and delivered on time and to an exceptional standard.

Mawgan Toms, Head of Soft Landscaping, Alex’s supervisor said “he is a reliable member of staff and can be given high pressure jobs without concern or worries. I’m very pleased to have him in my team”.

Alex said “I couldn’t be happier to be part of team YGS. They’ve made me feel really welcome and I enjoy the variety of rewarding jobs and sites”.

We’re lucky to have Alex as a member of the team at YGS. His work ethic is admirable and his commitment to his new-found career is refreshing to see.

Co-op Newton Abbott