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    Lantra Scotland announce finalists

    Three trainees from the horticulture industry have been short-listed for Lantra Scotland’s Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards. The awards will take place at the Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro Hotel on Thursday 7th March 2019.

    The finalists are Calum Melrose, Ross Yuile and Tyler Tovey.

    Calum, aged 22 from Livingston, is doing a Modern Apprenticeship with West Lothian Council through SRUC.

    Calum said:
    “I believe I deserve to win a Lantra award because I am highly motivated and determined. Shown by my willingness to complete tasks within a time frame and to a high standard.”

    Ross, aged 24 from Glasgow, has done an NC in Horticulture at Glasgow Clyde College.

    Ross said:
    “I always put 100% into every report, assessment, group activity and practical work that I’m given.”

    Tyler, aged 23 from East Calder, has completed an SVQ Level 3 in Horticulture at SRUC. He completed this whilst working as a Gardener at Jupiter Artland Gardens in Edinburgh.

    Tyler said:
    “An award like this would be a fantastic indicator to any future employers of my experience, hard work, and passion for horticulture.”

    Lantra Scotland is the sector skills council for land-based, aquaculture and environmental conservation industries. The awards play a vital role in promoting careers within the rural sector.

    MC and host for the evening will be well-known farmer and stand-up comedian, Jim Smith.

    Last year’s winner, Megan Rowland, will also talk about the difference the award has made to her career and her role as one of Lantra’s industry champions.

    The awards focus on many categories including:
    – Agriculture
    -Animal Care
    -Aquaculture
    -Equine
    -Horticulture
    -Game and wildlife
    -Tress and Timber
    – Land-based engineering
    – Environmental conservation industries
    – Higher education
    – Rural Schools
    -Modern Apprentice of the year
    – CARA (Council for Awards of Agricultural Societies)

    The finalists for the 2019 learner of the year awards were chosen by an independent judging panel. Made up of influential figures from across the land-based and aquaculture sector.

    Since the awards were launched in 2004, there have been over 1000 nominees and 300 finalists.

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