Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards

Our prestigious learner of the year awards celebrate the achievements of exceptional people working in some of our most important industries, and earlier this month we welcomed around 250 guests to the Dunblane Hydro for our biggest event yet!

Host and main speaker for the evening was Perthshire farmer and stand-up comedian, Jim Smith, and guests also heard from Megan Rowland, Overall Winner in 2018, about her role as a Lantra Industry Champion.

Highlight was the announcement of the Overall Winner, an honour shared by two people for the first time. They were Modern Apprentices Amy Park and Janis Brivkalns. Amy won the agriculture industry category and was one of four CARAS award winners. Janis won the aquaculture category as well as the Modern Apprentice of the Year, rounding off a very successful evening for them both. Full list of winners is here.

According to Liz Barron-Majerik, Director of Lantra Scotland, the awards are key to recognising and celebrating the achievements of trainees within Scotland’s rural sector, as well as encouraging employers to invest in the next generation of talent.

She continued: “Our awards highlight the incredible individuals who work within Scotland’s land-based, aquaculture and environmental conservation industries as well as the many rewarding careers available".

“I know our independent judges were very impressed again with the quality of the nominations, but this year they really couldn’t separate the two top learners. So for the first time ever, we have two overall joint winners, Amy and Janis. I’d like to congratulate them both and all the rest of our finalists too".

“We’re of course very grateful to have the support of a range of people and organisations who make holding an event like this possible, including our main sponsor, Skills Development Scotland."

You can find out more about our event in a short video or see our pictures on Flickr.

We get nominations from across Scotland, allowing us to recognise and reward exceptional individuals within the environmental and land-based industries, highlight the exciting career opportunities on offer and show the benefits to businesses of having skilled staff. Nominations are for individuals or a school.

Got any questions? Email us or call 01738 310164.