Lantra Scotland Awards now open for nominations

The search is now on for the country’s top 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, while also highlighting the importance of investing in training and skills development for businesses.

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 Environmental 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 prestigious ceremony at the DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro in March.

The overall winner in 2017 was Modern Apprentice Emma Staniforth. She shares her experiences of winning a Lantra award:

“Winning or even being nominated for learner of the year is a fantastic achievement. It’s certainly given me a huge confidence boost, as well as recognition and respect from my colleagues and peers. I think it tells people that you have the right attitude and are willing to work hard to succeed in your chosen career. I really do recommend that anyone who has been mentoring a talented trainee recently should put them forward for a nomination, as the benefits are incredible.”

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.

“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.

“We are very proud of the difference made by our learner of the year awards and of the finalists and winners who are such fantastic ambassadors for our sector. People who get nominated always talk about how important it is for their self-confidence, so we would encourage employers and training providers to send the completed forms to us by the closing date of 10th November.”

To get a nomination form, call Lantra on 01738 310364, email or visit

Lantra’s work in Scotland is supported by the Scottish Government.

The learner of the year awards rely on financial support from the land-based, aquaculture and skills sector, and there are currently a number of opportunities available. To find out how your company or organisation could get involved in celebrating the success of Scotland’s top learners, call 01738 310164, email or visit

2017 learner of the year awards