ALBAS individual nominations

How to make a nomination

We welcome nominations from employers, training providers, schools, colleges or universities as long as they are for someone who was studying in Scotland between September 2020 and September 2021 on the course named on the entry form.

An independent panel of employers and industry representatives judge all the entries, before interviewing the short-listed nominees. Then on Thursday 3rd March 2022, we announce the winners at our high profile awards ceremony.

What the independent judges are looking for

To improve your chances of success in our awards, please answer all the questions in this form carefully, using examples where possible. Judges look carefully at the reference from your nominator and will want to see evidence that you have: a passion for learning and for your job; an understanding of your industry; the potential to share your enthusiasm with others and the motivation to continue learning throughout your career. You may also have experienced the benefits of learning at work.

If you are invited for an interview then the judges will want to talk about some of your written answers in more detail.

Categories available for nominations

Industry awards

You should have been studying or have completed a relevant course, which could include: a College Certificate, National Certificate (NC), SVQ (Scottish Vocational Qualification), Modern Apprenticeship, other recognised apprenticeship, Extended Diploma or other advanced certificate between September 2020 and September 2021.

Nominations can come from any industry in our sector, including: agriculture, animal care, aquaculture, equine, fisheries management, environmental conservation, game and wildlife, horticulture, land-based engineering and trees and timber.

Finalists in industry categories can also go on to become the Overall Winner; Overall Runner-up or Apprentice of the Year.

Higher Education Award

To be eligible you should have been studying or have completed a relevant HND, higher level SVQ or Apprenticeship at level 7 or above, a Degree, a Masters or a Doctorate at a Scottish institution between September 2020 and September 2021.

School Pupil Award

To be eligible you must have been studying at a Scottish school between June 2020 and June 2021, on a Skills for Work (Rural Skills) course or an NPA in: Angling and the Aquatic Environment; Aquaculture; Beekeeping; Crofting; Horse Care; Horticulture or Rural Skills.

Partnership Working

Our award for Partnership Working is open to two or more organisations which have been working together on a specific project that relates to training or education in our sector at any point between September 2020 and September 2021. Entries for this should be on our separate Partnership Working nomination form.

Awards which are individually selected by judges

Jean’s Jam Award (most inspiring mentor)

Donated by training instructor Elspeth Watson in memory of her friend Jean Costello, this award recognises the person judged to have been the most inspiring mentor for our ALBAS finalists.

Tam Tod Trophy (outstanding young learner)

In association with Countryside Learning Scotland, this award commemorates the late Tam Tod, a gamekeeper, ghillie and lifelong friend of the countryside, and is for an Outstanding Young Learner.

CARAS Awards

The objective of the CARAS awards is to recognise distinguished achievement in agriculture and related land-based industries.  The Awards embrace not only practical farming and the development of new husbandry practices, but also research, technology, economics, education, farming care, communication and administration.

How to apply

Please fill out a nomination form for each person who is being nominated and include photographs of them as high resolution JPEGs. Images should show them doing something related to work or study. We may send some images to news media, so make sure you have permission from the copyright owner.

You can nominate as many people as you want, but please use a separate form for each person.

Please email completed forms with photographs to us or send by post to Lantra Scotland, Inveralmond Business Centre, Auld Bond Road, Perth, PH1 3FX by Friday 3rd December.

If you have any questions, please email or call 01738 310164.