Marine Harvest fish farmer wins LANTRA learner award07 March, 2014 –
A farm technician at Marine Harvests Inchmore hatchery at Glenmoriston has won a prestigious award for people studying for qualifications in aquaculture.
Simon MacLellan was presented with his award by Scottish Minister for Youth Employment Angela Constance at a ceremony at Dunblane Hydro this week (6 March). The 26 year old from Drumnadrochit joined Marine Harvest in 2011 and has just completed an SVQ Level 2 in Aquaculture at Inverness College UHI. Simons manager had studied for the SVQ Level 3 previously and recommended it to him as a good way to learn more about the industry. He now hopes to move on to study the SVQ Level 3.After his win Simon commented: Im absolutely delighted with the award and I am so happy to have been put forward for it and to win!Id like to say thank you to Marine Harvest for giving me the opportunity to study for the SVQ and to Murray Stark and Owen Davis for helping me with materials. I joined the company with no experience of Aquaculture and combining working on the job whilst studying the SVQ has helped give me the knowledge to progress. Im really glad to have made the choice to work in Aquaculture and particularly Marine Harvest.Alan Sutherland Managing Director of Marine Harvest Scotland said: Were really pleased for Simon as this is a major achievement. He thoroughly deserves the award as working and studying at the same time is always a challenge.The aquaculture industry has changed and developed since its earliest days and now offers a great employment opportunity for young people and a great long term career. We look forward to watching Simons progress with us in the years to come.LANTRAs Learner of the Year Awards celebrate the achievements of young people and new entrants within Scotlands land based and aquaculture industries. This year Lantra received a record number of nominations across 13 award categories, the highest number since the awards were launched in 2003.