Fur­ther suc­cess for top aqua­cul­ture ap­pren­tice

Fish Farmer - - United Kingdom News -

FOL­LOW­ING on from her suc­cess in the re­cent Lantra awards, Hay­ley Ec­cles has just been awarded Best Modern Ap­pren­tice Aqua­cul­ture Stu­dent by the Univer­sity of High­lands and Is­lands (UHI).

Hay­ley, who works as a fresh­wa­ter tech­ni­cian on Scot­tish Sea Farms’ Coul­do­ran site, was pre­sented with her award at a cer­e­mony at UHI on June 23, much to the de­light of her tu­tor Mur­ray Stark and her SSF site man­ager Niall McCal­lum.

Stark had nom­i­nated Hay­ley for her out­stand­ing as­sess­ment ma­te­rial for her Level 3 and this was from a group of 50 stu­dents.

Hay­ley said: ‘I have re­ally en­joyed the course and never re­ally ex­pected any­thing like this, es­pe­cially after the other re­cent award.

‘It has been such a ben­e­fit to me just do­ing the course and I now feel to­tally jus­ti­fied choos­ing aqua­cul­ture as my ca­reer.

‘I spent many years work­ing in the re­tail sec­tor, which was not nearly so well re­warded or sat­is­fy­ing.’

Hay­ley was also cho­sen to be among a se­lect group of 11 peo­ple who met HRH Prince Charles on his visit to At­tadale Es­tate on June 24.

The Duke of Rothe­say, as he is known in Scot­land, was vis­it­ing the River Car­ron project, led by Bob Kind­ness, jointly funded by the Univer­sity and Scot­tish Sea Farms among oth­ers. Hay­ley’s tu­tor Mur­ray was also in the group.

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