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From Fife to the Highlands - Head Keeper Poaches Students from SRUC Elmwood

Published Wednesday, 11th March 2015 in Study at SRUC news

Jim Goodlad, Donald Alexander from Isle of Gigha, Cameron Brown from Leslie, Declan Lindsay from Glenrothes and Jim McKerrachar.

Game keeping student Cameron Brown (17), from Fife is bound for the Highlands and a grouse moor job following the visit to SRUC Elmwood by Head Keeper Jim McKerrachar of Phoines Estates, Dalwinnie.

Spanning 27,000 acres of the Cairngorm National Park and the Monadhliath hills, Phoines Estate includes a wide range of lowland sport shooting in addition to one of the finest grouse moors in Scotland. Cameron, who is just completing his National Certificate Course in Gamekeeping at Elmwood is likely to spend a good proportion of his time in one of five corries, each over 3,000 feet.

Following the news of his successful interview Cameron said:

“Gamekeeping is all I ever wanted to do when I left school. Even at a younger age, I have always had an interest about the countryside, the animals that live there, and the people that work there. I would like to thank SRUC Elmwood campus, and my tutors for giving me the this opportunity.”

Phoines Estates already have an established relationship with SRUC Elmwood. They are one of the estates acting as workplace providers, offering gamekeeping students the two-week work placements they must fulfil as part of their course.

Head Keeper Jim McKerrachar interviewed a number of potential candidates for the job and had faced a difficult choice before finally choosing Cameron. He commented:

“SRUC Elmwood has a good relationship with the estate, and in the past we have had students who have excelled themselves whilst on work placements. It is pleasing to see this relationship developing even further by giving students an opportunity of full time employment, enabling them to establish themselves in the industry.”

Jim Goodlad, Gamekeeping Lecturer at SRUC Elmwood, said:

“This is a great example showing the importance and relevance of our NC Gamekeeping course to industry. It is great to see all the employability skills and training throughout the course coming to fruition.”

Photo caption (L-R): Jim Goodlad, Donald Alexander from Isle of Gigha, Cameron Brown from Leslie, Declan Lindsay from Glenrothes and Jim McKerrachar.

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