Young ‘champions’ promote the industry
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)