Young ‘cham­pi­ons’ pro­mote the in­dus­try

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YOUNG in­dus­try ‘cham­pi­ons’ will act as am­bas­sadors for their sec­tor in a new ini­tia­tive aimed at in­spir­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of aqua­cul­ture en­trants.

Launched at last month’s Royal High­land Show in Ed­in­burgh by Fer­gus Ewing, Scot­land’s ru­ral econ­omy min­is­ter, the scheme hopes to in­tro­duce more young­sters to the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able.

The ‘cham­pi­ons’ are for­mer Land-based and Aqua­cul­ture Learner of the Year Awards, and they will rep­re­sent their em­ploy­ers and the wider ru­ral sec­tor.

Kevin Pa­trick, di­rec­tor of Lantra Scot­land, said:‘We are de­lighted to be work­ing with the cham­pi­ons to pro­vide them with op­por­tu­ni­ties for per­sonal and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment, and are very grate­ful to their em­ploy­ers for sup­port­ing the ini­tia­tive.

‘They will also be given the chance to be in­volved with ca­reer events, con­sul­ta­tions on stan­dards ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to their in­dus­tries.’

Some 15 in­dus­try cham­pi­ons at­tended the event at the Royal High­land Show, in­clud­ing Hay­ley Ec­cles, the 2016 Aqua­cul­ture run­ner-up and a Scot­tish Sea Farms tech­ni­cian.

Above: Fer­gus Ewing, third left, and some of the’cham­pi­ons’, in­clud­ing Scot­tish Sea Farms’ Hay­ley Ec­cles (se­cond left)

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