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SRUC Students Celebrate Success at Prestigious Annual Training Awards

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

Lantra Winners 2015

SRUC Oatridge and Barony students celebrated winning four categories and coming runner up in two, at Lantra Scotland’s Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards ceremony.

Held at Dunblane Hydro on Thursday 5 March and hosted by celebrity chef Nick Nairn, the prestigious industry training awards saw six SRUC students receive awards.

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.

From over 50 nominations Ruairidh MacKinnon (19) was named ‘Agriculture Learner of the Year’ following his Modern Apprenticeship and Ewan Lambie (18) was awarded ‘Higher Education Learner of the Year’. Since finishing at SRUC Oatridge, Ruairidh is now studying for a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Agriculture at SRUC’s Ayr Campus with the potential of an eventual degree.  Ewan will shortly complete his studies at SRUC Oatridge.

Winning the ‘Land-based Engineering Learner of the Year’ award was SRUC Barony’s Fraser Maclean (22), who completed his Modern Apprenticeship with CAM Engineering in Castle Douglas, which then led onto a full time position for him there.

SRUC Oatridge’s Ryan Walker (21) won the ‘Fisheries Management and Environmental Conservation Learner of the Year’ category – he is completing a SVQ in Environmental Conservation with Stirling Council.

SRUC Oatridge runners up were Ryan Binnie (18), in the ‘Fisheries Management and Environmental Conservation Learner of the Year’ category; and Engineer Iain MacNaughton (21), in the ‘Land-based Service Engineering Learner of the Year’.Ryan is currently studying a SVQ in Countryside Conservation while working with Stirling Council; and Iain is completing a Modern Apprenticeship Level 3 while working at Thistle Groundcare Equipment in Lanarkshire.

SRUC Assistant Principal of Further Education, David James congratulated the students:

“It is a real pleasure that the quality of our learners has been recognised in the Lantra Awards. SRUC winners are part of the future of the sector and we believe that they will be an asset to the development of their local economies and their communities”

Photo caption (L-R): Ryan Binnie (Oatridge/Stirling Council); Ruairidh MacKinnon (Oatridge); Ewan Lambie (Oatridge); Fraser MacLean (Barony); Declan Brown (Barony); Iain MacNaughton (Oatridge/Thistle Groundcare Equipment).

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