Five agriculture trainees have won awards at Lantra Scotland’s ALBAS (Awards for Land-based and Aquaculture Skills) at a virtual ceremony.
The awards, which took place virtually on Thursday March 4, were officially opened by Cabinet Secretary for Finance Kate Forbes.
Ian Armstrong, aged 22 from Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, won the SCQF Level 10 Higher Education Award and a prestigious CARAS award. He has been studying for a BA (Hons) in Rural Business managenent.
Shauna Murdie, aged 20 from Jedburgh, won the Agriculture Learner of the Year category.
She is undertaking a Modern Apprenticeship Level 3 in Agriculture at South Riccalton Farm, through Borders College.
Agriculture runner-up Amy Lochead, aged 18 who works at Carcant Farm, is also a Modern Agriculture Level 3 Apprentice through Borders College.
In the Land-based Engineering Learner of the Year category, Robbie Gray, aged 18, from Lanark, took first prize, while the runner-up was Reiss Gordon, aged 20 from Kirkcaldy.
Robbie has been working for an SVQ Level 3 in Land-based Engineering at Ross of Lanark, through SRUC Oatridge. Reiss has undertaking the same course.
The Anna Murray Partnership Working Award, now in its second year, was won by the Growing Rural Talent Project in the South of Scotland.
The three winners of the CARAS (Council for Awards of Agricultural Societies) awards were Callum Duggan, Ian Armstrong and Lucy Philip.
The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland’s Secondary Schools Award in recognition of schools with exceptional standards in rural skills training was won by Meldrum Academy in Aberdeenshire with Falkirk High School in the runner-up spot.
Jean’s Jam Award, for an inspiring mentor or trainer, went to Julie McCrorie, a specialist teacher in Rosshall Academy’s visual impairment unit.
The Tam Tod Trophy went to Niall Provan, aged 21, the ALBAS 2021 Overall Winner.
He is from Tillicoultry and is undertaking a Modern Apprenticeship in Rural Skills at the Callander Youth Project Trust, through SRUC Oatridge.