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SRUC Oatridge and Barony Students Finalists in Prestigious Annual Training Awards

Published Wednesday, 28th January 2015 in Study at SRUC news

LANTRA winners 2014

Seven students from the Oatridge and Barony campuses of Scotland’s Rural College have reached the finals of the prestigious LANTRA industry training awards.

Included on the list are agricultural students from Oban and Auchterarder, environmental conservation students from Stirling, engineers from Cumbernauld and Tiree and a trainee tree surgeon from Glenrothes.

LANTRA is the sector skills council for land-based and environmental industries, working to ensure rural businesses access the training, qualifications, skills and knowledge they need. The chosen finalists will learn if they have won during the annual LANTRA awards ceremony, held in the Dunblane Hydro Hotel on Thursday 5 March and which will recognise excellence and commitment.

Ruairidh Mackinnon (19) from Oban is now at SRUC’s Ayr campus studying for an HNC in Agriculture with the potential of an eventual degree. However the teenager from a non farming background who enjoyed helping friends with livestock began with his SVQ Level 3 (Modern Apprenticeship) in Agriculture at SRUC Oatridge. Also nominated in the award’s Agriculture category is Ewan Lambie (18) from Auchterarder, currently at Oatridge studying a Higher National Certificate. 

Two Ryan’s, both from Stirling, are nominated in the Conservation category. Ryan Walker (21) is completing a SVQ in Environmental Conservation. He enjoys outside work, having joined the Army at 16. Meanwhile Ryan Binnie chose the SVQ in Countryside Conservation to broaden his education after working in the Fishery area of Stirling Council.

Engineer Iain MacNaughton (21), from Cumbernauld completed a Modern Apprenticeship Level 2 in Land-based Engineering and now is studying Level 3. Despite having no real connection with the land he was attracted by big machinery and systems that ordinary cars don’t have. The second candidate in the category is Fraser Maclean (24), from Tiree who completed his National Certificate in Land-based Engineering at Barony. During his work experience with CAM Engineering in Castle Douglas he so impressed them they offered him a Modern Apprenticeship.

Coming from Glenrothes, Declan Brown (19) is entered by Barony in the Trees and Timber category. Having found temporary ground maintenance work with his local Fife Council they saw his potential gave him a trainability assessment in aerial tree work. He excelled at it and enrolled on the SVQ2 (Modern Apprenticeship) in Arboriculture.

Barony and Oatridge campuses contribute to the range of land-based courses SRUC offers at different levels, from Access courses up to degrees and postgraduate studies, across six campuses. A number of our subject areas offer progression routes right through these levels of study.

Photo caption (L-R): The 2014 SRUC LANTRA Award Winning Students Daniel Brown, Cameron Smith, Kirsten Porteous, Bryan Gove, Douglas Dowling.

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