Top apprentices make awards shortlist


AQUACULTURE finalists Scott Forder and Alan Tangny have been shortlisted for Lantra Scotland’s Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards.
Scott, aged 26 from Kinlochewe, has been doing a Modern Apprenticeship in Aquaculture through Inverness College UHI, while working for Marine Harvest.
He first became interested in salmon farming through family and friends who worked locally in the industry.
With the rapid growth of aquaculture in recent years, Scott felt it was the right time to get involved and is now enjoying working at Marine Harvest while doing a Level 3 SVQ.
‘I just want to thank the judges for shortlisting me, and my tutor at Inverness College UHI, Murray Stark, for nominating me in the first place,’ said Scott.
‘I am thoroughly enjoying this learning experience, as the SVQ Level 2 and 3 have given me a much better understanding of the management skills and responsibilities required to run an effective and efficient salmon farm.’
Alan Tangny, aged 30 and from the Isle of Mull, is doing a Modern Apprenticeship in Aquaculture through Inverness College UHI, while working for Scottish Sea Farms.
In addition to his day job, Alan actively promotes aquaculture at major rural events, including the Mull Highland Games.
He has given a number of talks promoting the opportunities, products and economic benefits that the industry offers.
Alan said: ‘I’m really proud I’ve been shortlisted, but if I was to receive this award, it would show that anything is possible, not just for school leavers or people starting out, but for those with lives, commitments and bills to pay, or people who are stuck in a rut and need a change.’
The winners of the awards will be announced at a ceremony at the Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro Hotel on Thursday, March 1.
Picture: Scott Forder, one of the Lantra aquaculture finalists


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