Lantra announce finalists of the Aquaculture Learner of the Year Award 2013 – Fishfarmer Magazine

Lantra announce finalists of the Aquaculture Learner of the Year Award 201330 January, 2014 –

Andrew Cunningham and Simon Maclellan have been short-listed for the Aquaculture Learner of the Year Award 2013, sponsored by Marine Scotland.

The Aquaculture Learner of the Year Award is one of seven industry awards being presented at Lantra Scotland’s prestigious Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards 2013, which celebrate the achievements of young people and new entrants within Scotland’s land-based and aquaculture industries.

Andrew Cunningham, aged 20 from Lochgilphead in Argyll, is undertaking a Modern Apprenticeship SVQ Level 2 in Aquaculture Fin Fish with the Scottish Salmon Company. Simon Maclellan, aged 26 from Drumnadrochit, Inverness-Shire, is currently studying for an SVQ Level 2 in Aquaculture at Inverness College UHI. Simon is also working part-time with Marine Harvest Scotland.This year Lantra has received a record number of nominations across 13 award categories, the highest number since the awards were launched in 2003. 2014 will see the return of the highly successful CARAS Award, the Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Award and the Modern Apprentice of the Year Award. There are also seven industry awards covering all the key sectors, from agriculture, aquaculture and equine, to horticulture, game and wildlife, trees & timber, land-based engineering and three schools and education awards.William Fergusson, Regional Director Lantra Scotland comments:“We are delighted to announce our two finalists for this year’s Aquaculture Learner of the Year Award which will be presented at the Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards on March 6th 2014. This year we received a record number of nominations from a growing pool of employers and training providers within the Scottish aquaculture sector. Each year we see the number and quality of entrants improve, which is a clear reflection of rising standards within the training and education sector driven by increasing expectations from within the industry. We believe the high standards set by these awards, and the inspirational messages they communicate to young people, represents an important stepping stone to helping industry meet their skills demands.” Ray Jones, Chairman Scotland Food & Drink and award judge comments:“We live in a very competitive marketplace and our Agri and Aquaculture sectors are amongst the best in the world. Lantra Scotland candidates have well-honed skills and the right mind sets to succeed, winning a prize in the Land-based Learner of the Year Awards puts a person in the best of the best category.”The Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards will take place between 7pm and 12pm at the prestigious Hilton Dunblane Hydro Hotel on the 6th March 2014. In addition to industry and education award winners, the overall winner and runners up of the Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards 2013, as well as winners of the Land-based and Aquaculture Modern Apprentice of the Year Award 2013 and CARAS Award 2013 will be announced on the night. The winner of the School Pupil Award 2013, sponsored by Marine Harvest, and the Secondary School Award 2013 will also be announced at the awards on March 6th.For further information about the awards please contact 01738 646 762 or e-mail us at lantra.scotland@lantra.co.uk