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Barony and Oatridge Students Through to LANTRA Final

Published Wednesday, 5th February 2014 in Study at SRUC news

Kaleem Shaikh, Lantra

Six students from Scotland’s Rural College are through to the final of the Lantra Scotland, Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards to be held in the Hilton Dunblane Hydro on Thursday 6th March.

Four are studying at the SRUC Oatridge campus at Broxburn with two more from SRUC Barony campus near Dumfries.

Lantra is the skills council for the land-based and environmental industries. It works to ensure those employed in rural businesses have access to the training, qualifications and skills they need for the future. The Lantra awards recognise excellence and commitment.

Cameron Smith is 18 and from Doune in Perthshire. He is currently studying a Modern Apprenticeship, Agriculture Level 2 at Oatridge, while working for farmers Jimmy and Alan Turnbull. Cameron did not have an agricultural background but to reach the final stage of the “Agriculture Learner of the Year” category he had to impress the judges in an interview.

On awards night Cameron will be head to head in the same category with a fellow SRUC student, 19 year old Kaleem Shaikh from suburban Uddingston. Kaleem, who recently won an SRUC prize as the best student on National Certificate Agriculture course at Oatridge, is another new entrant to farming. He is currently studying for a Higher National Certificate and already rents his own small unit where he breeds pedigree sheep and goats and keeps hens.

Douglas Dowling is aged 19 and from Uphall, W Lothian. He is at Oatridge following a Modern Apprenticeship, studying for a Level 3 in Parks, Garden and Green Spaces. His employers, West Lothian Council, nominated him for the Horticulture Learner of the year Award. Douglas previously studied for a National Certificate in Horticulture and Landscaping at the campus in Broxburn.

The final member of the four is another 18 year old, Bryan Gove from Glenrothes. He works for Netherton Tractors and is hoping to win the Land-based Service Engineer Learner of the Year Award. He completed Modern Apprenticeship Level 2 – Land-based Service operations (Agriculture) course and now has progressed to Level 3.

Another engineer, but not competing in the same category, is 22 year old Cumbrian Agricultural Engineering apprentice Daniel Brown who studied at Barony. Daniel, whose home is in Allithwaite, Grange-over-Sands, successfully completed the CLAAS Extended Diploma in Land-based Technology. He works for Rickerby Ltd in Carnforth.

Last but not least is the other Barony Campus student Kirsten Porteous (17) from Corrie near Lockerbie. Kirsten, who studied for a National Certificate in Horse Care, was nominated by staff at the Barony Campus. She is currently employed as a groom by Ken Ruthven Carriage Horses in Lockerbie.

We wish all the students well on final night.

Photo Caption: Kaleem Shaikh, one of the students up for the "Agriculture Learner of the Year" award.

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