A graduate from Penrith is on the path to a career in land and estate management after securing employment with Robson & Liddle.
James Pyrah, who graduated from University of Cumbria in June 2015, has become a trainee surveyor with the practice.
He will now work towards becoming a fully-qualified as Robson & Liddle support him through his postgraduate studies at Harper Adams University in Shropshire.
James, 23, who is originally from Nottinghamshire, said: “My degree was in forestry and conservation, but I did a work placement for a land agent and really enjoyed the work and met many different people. A lot of the skills I learnt in my degree, such as mapping, are valuable in surveying too.
“I realised I wanted to get into estate management and contacted the Lonsdale estate, who put me in touch with Robson & Liddle. It’s great to be able have a full-time job while studying to become qualified at the same time.”
Julie Liddle, a director of Robson & Liddle, said: “I have always enjoyed training students and investing time in their development. Trainees are vital in helping us develop the business and they are also the future of it. We’re really pleased to have James on board and he is already a valuable member of the team.”
James’s day-to-day responsibilities include assisting the team with property and land valuations, rent reviews, mapping and pylon compensation claims.
His two years studying at Harper Adams will give him a diploma in Rural Estate and Land Management, a course accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Following this, James will sit professional exams to become a chartered surveyor.