Horticulture students reach final in Lantra Scotland annual awards

Two talented horticulture trainees have been short-listed for Lantra Scotland's Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards 2015.

Claire Young is one of the finalists
Claire Young is one of the finalists
Claire Young, from Lochgilphead and Jason Wright from Forres in Invernesshire, were chosen by an independent judging panel from what’s been called an exceptionally talented pool of nominees, with judges praising the quality of entrants across all categories.

Wright has completed a modern apprenticeship level 1, 2 and 3, in horticulture at Moray College and is now running his own horticulture business, Garden Wright, while Claire Young is undertaking a national certificate in horticulture with Argyll College UHI.

This year there are 15 award categories - the highest number since the awards began in 2003. Sector skills council, Lantra Scotland, will announce the winners at an event on 5 March at the Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro, in front of guests from across the sector.

Interim director of Lantra Scotland Kevin Patrick, said: "These awards continue to play an important role in communicating and celebrating the value of gaining qualifications, developing skills and improving standards. This year the standard of award entrants was exceptionally high, which is making the process of choosing our finalists an increasing challenge for the judges.

"We are also receiving nominations from a growing pool of employers and training providers, which suggests an increasing realisation of the importance of supporting and celebrating our future generation of talent."


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