Lucky 13 in national final

Published Monday, 21st January 2019 in Study at SRUC news

Lucky 13 in national final
Vet nursing student Stuart Hynds is among 13 SRUC finalists at this year’s Learner of the Year Awards

Top apprentices and trainees from SRUC represent more than half the line-up at this year’s Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards.

Organised by Lantra Scotland, the awards will see 13 apprentices and trainees from SRUC among the 24 finalists, with the winners to be announced at a gala dinner and award ceremony on Thursday 7 March at the Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro.

The awards include categories for the agriculture, animal care, aquaculture, equine, horticulture, game and wildlife, trees and timber, land-based engineering and environmental conservation industries, as well as Higher Education, Rural Schools, Modern Apprentice of the Year and CARAS (Council for Awards of Agricultural Societies) Awards.

The highlight of the evening will be the announcement of the Learner of the Year Overall Winner. This goes to an outstanding trainee who has demonstrated exceptional ability, hard work a nd a passion for their industry.
The finalists were chosen by an independent judging panel made up of influential figures from across the land-based and aquaculture sector.

Jamie Newbold, Academic Director at SRUC, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many apprentices and trainees from SRUC represented at these awards and we wish them all the very best of luck. SRUC does a great deal to support work-based learning and we’re delighted that this is being recognised by the industry.”

Liz Barron-Majerik, Director of Lantra Scotland, said: “As well as highlighting the achievements of new entrants to our sector, the awards play a key role in promoting the importance of gaining qualifications and developing skills, for both trainees and their employers. Everyone who was nominated, whether a finalist or not, should be extremely proud of this recognition.”

The 2019 Lantra finalists from SRUC are: 

  • Calum Melrose, aged 22 from Livingston, has been doing a Modern Apprenticeship in Horticulture with West Lothian Council through SRUC;
  • Don Martin, aged 33 from Blairgowrie, has been working at HRN Tractors and doing an NC in Land-based Engineering with SRUC;
  • Erica Taylor, 20 from Kellas by Dundee, has been doing a Modern Apprenticeship in Agriculture at JG Orr Ltd through SRUC;
  • Jack Burton, aged 20 from Windygates in Fife, has been doing a Modern Apprenticeship in Trees and Timber with the Falkland Stewardship Trust through SRUC;
  • Kyle Baker, aged 19 from Glenrothes, has been doing a Modern Apprenticeship in Trees and Timber with the Falkland Stewardship Trust through SRUC;
  • Lauren Attwood, aged 34 from Auchterarder, has been doing a Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing with Struthers and Scott through SRUC;
  • Lauryn Penman, aged 18 from Lochgelly in Fife, has been doing an Advanced Certificate in Horse Care through SRUC;
  • Louise Main, aged 18 from Dumfries, has been doing a Modern Apprenticeship in Agriculture at Crochmore Farm through SRUC;
  • Luke Taylor, aged 18 from Livingston, has been doing an SVQ in Environmental Conservation and Rural Skills with West Lothian Council Ranger Service through SRUC;
  • Stuart Hynds, aged 28 from Edinburgh, has been doing a Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing with Vets4Pets through SRUC;
  • Toni Lamont, aged 19 from Ardrossan in Ayrshire, has been doing a Modern Apprenticeship in Rural Skills with the North Ayrshire Ranger Service through SRUC;
  • Tyler Tovey, aged 23 from East Calder, has been doing an SVQ in Horticulture with Jupiter Artland through SRUC;
  • William Muir, aged 18 from Stewarton in Ayrshire, has been doing a Modern Apprenticeship in Land-based Engineering with Kerr Farm Engineering through SRUC.

Since the awards were launched in 2004, there have been more than 1000 nominees and 300 finalists. Lantra’s work in Scotland is supported by the Scottish Government.

Tickets for the evening are available from Lantra on 01738 310164 or scotland@lantra.co.uk. See www.lantra.co.uk/Scotland/tickets.

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