Lantra award nom­i­na­tions now open

Fish Farmer - - United Kingdom News -

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.

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 En­v­i­ron- men­tal 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 or email scot­land@lantra.co.uk The clos­ing date is Novem­ber 10.

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