THE search is now on for the country’s top aquaculture trainees as Lantra Scotland opens up nominations for its Land based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards.
Over the last 16 years, the awards have become well known for celebrating the achievements of young people, new entrants, career changers, training providers and employers in the land based, environmental and aquaculture sectors, while also highlighting the importance of investing in training and skills development for businesses.
They are open to learners in agriculture, aquaculture, equine, fisheries management, environmental conservation, game and wildlife, horticulture, trees and timber and land based engineering.
As well as these industry categories, Lantra’s other awards include Higher Education, School Pupil and Rural Secondary Schools, CARAS (Council for Awards of Agricultural Societies), Jean’s Jam for inspirational tutor, the Tam Tod Trophy, Modern Apprentice of the Year, and Overall Runner-up and Winner for Land based, Aquaculture and Environmental Conservation Learner of the Year.
Finalists for all the awards will be shortlisted by an independent panel of judges early next year, with winners announced at a ceremony at the DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro in March.
Kevin Patrick, director of Lantra Scotland, believes that nominating learners for these awards is good for the country’s economy.
‘With all the incredibly diverse and rewarding careers available in our land based, aquaculture and environmental conservation industries, it’s clear the sector makes a significant contribution to Scotland’s economy, particularly in rural areas,’ he said.
‘By recognising the country’s top learners, their employers and training providers, our awards can highlight the hard work and achievements of everyone involved.
‘Ultimately, we want to ensure that our industries are supplied with the very best talent, bridging skills and recruitment gaps to build a vibrant and successful economy.’
To get a nomination form, call Lantra on 01738 310364, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.lantra.co.uk/scotland/award-categories. The closing date for nominations is November 10.
Picture: Lantra 2017 winners