Lantra Learner of the Year Award

Published Tuesday, 30th January 2018 in Student Achievements news

Student Cameron Howie is nominated
Pictured: Cameron Howie, who is doing a Modern Apprenticeship in Land-based Engineering through SRUC while working for John H. McNae Ltd

Nine SRUC students and Modern Apprentices have been nominated for Lantra Scotland’s 16th Learner of the Year Awards.

Studying and training in a range of subjects including Agriculture, Horse Care and Environmental Conservation, the nominees face stiff competition from 11 others, and will find out who the winner is at an award ceremony on 1 March. 

The annual awards, organised by Lantra Scotland, which provides access to training and qualifications in the land-based, aquaculture and environmental sector, aim to show employers the benefits of investing in skills while highlighting the successes of some of the country’s top students and Modern Apprentices.

Nominees will have to impress a judging panel made up of experts from the land-based and aquaculture sector: Ray Jones, former Chairman of Scotland Food & Drink, agriculture and rural affairs journalist Erika Hay, Keith Paterson of Forestry Commission Scotland, farmer Keith Redpath, Lisa Connell of The Scottish Salmon Company  and Rebecca Dawes of Jane Craigie Marketing.

The event will be hosted by SRUC alumni, farmer and stand-up comedian Jim Smith, with support from Scottish broadcaster and musician, Dougie Vipond.

Jamie Newbold, Academic Director, said: “I’m delighted to see so many of the candidates for this award coming from SRUC, which indicates the high levels of dedication from our students and Modern Apprentices, and the world-class learning opportunities offered by the organisation. We wish all the nominees the best of luck.”
 

The SRUC finalists are:
•    Caitlin Ross, from Loch Lomond, who has completed an HND in Agriculture with SRUC and is working as a Shepherdess;
•    Cameron Howie, from Mauchline in Ayrshire, who is doing a Modern Apprenticeship in Land-based Engineering through SRUC while working for John H. McNae Ltd;
•    Claire Simonetta, from the Isle of Mull, who has completed a BSc (Hons) 1st Class in Agriculture and is now working as a farmer and agricultural consultant;
•    Heather Moir, from Blair Drummond, who has been doing an NC in Horse Care with SRUC;
•    Jennifer Wright, from Dunfermline, who is doing a Modern Apprenticeship in Parks, Gardens and Green Spaces with SRUC while working for the Royal Botanic Gardens;
•    Mathew Howie, from Maybole in Ayshire, who recently completed a Modern Apprenticeship in Land-based Engineering through SRUC while working for James Walker;
•    Reece King, from Glenrothes, who has been doing a Modern Apprenticeship in Trees and Timber through SRUC while working for the Falkland Stewardship Trust;
•    Scott Milne, from Stirling, who is doing an SVQ Level 2 in Environmental Conservation through SRUC while working for Stirling Council Fisheries;
•    Sine Soszka, of Dornoch, who has been doing a Modern Apprenticeship in Agriculture through SRUC while working for J Scott & partners.
 

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