Barony student success

Published Tuesday, 7th March 2017 in Study at SRUC news

Two students from the Barony Campus of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) have lifted top awards at Lantra Scotland’s Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year.

Lantra Scotland, the sector skills council for the land-based, aquaculture and environmental industries, marked students’ success with a magnificent ceremony at the Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro Hotel last week.

One of the major highlights of this year’s awards was keynote address from farmer and TV presenter, Adam Henson. Adam began his television career in 2001, when he was chosen from 3,500 applicants to be a presenter for BBC Countryfile, and has since put his farming knowledge to good use, appearing on a wide range of radio and TV programmes.

Adam expressed his delight at being at the awards and gave an overview of his background on the family farm, and how he moved into television. He encouraged students to use the Lantra awards to their advantage and shout about their achievements.

At the ceremony, Thomas Perfect from Penrith was runner-up in the category for Land-based Engineering. He works for Rickerby Ltd in Penrith, and has taken part in the highly praised apprenticeship scheme, established by machinery manufacture CLAAS and delivered in partnership between his employer and Barony.

Jakob Eunson, also a Barony student, was nominated by Train Shetland with whom he is doing a Modern Apprenticeship SVQ Level 3 in Livestock Production, while working at Uradale Farm in Scalloway. Jakob attends Barony for specialist agriculture training for his apprenticeship.

Jakob said: “I wouldn't have this award without my various teachers at Barony. I learnt a great deal from Barony and I'm very grateful for that. I would very much like to thank my teachers for helping me win this award.”

David James, Head of Education at SRUC, said:  “We are delighted with the recognition that our students have gained at the Lantra Awards and we are proud of SRUC’s contribution to the workforce of tomorrow.”

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