Modern Apprentice of the Year' finalists revealed
race to find Scotland's Modern Apprentice of the Year is almost
there! Ryann Walker, a riding instructor and groom from Milngavie,
is among the finalists for the Scottish Modern Apprentice of the
Year Award 2003.
by Lantra, the Sector Skills Council for the Environmental and Land-based
Sector, these special awards have been designed to reward Modern
Apprentices in Scotland who have demonstrated a commitment to training,
gained knowledge in a specialised land-based subject and supported
others as part of their personal development.
celebrate these achievements and to announce the winners, an evening
awards ceremony is being held at The Huntingtower Hotel, Perth on
Wednesday 26 November 2003.
Stevenson, Lantra's Executive Director, Scotland said, "This
award is designed to recognise the hard work and achievements undertaken
by apprentices in our sector. We are very keen to recognise successful
individuals and in so doing inspire new entrants to consider a career
in environmental and land-based industries.
Apprenticeships are a vital way for individuals to develop a career
in the sector. They give individuals the opportunity to develop
skills and experience whilst actually doing the job. And because
of the flexible nature of the learning programmes, the apprenticeship
can be tailored to suit the needs of both the employer and the apprentice
- so it's a win-win situation."
candidates from across Scotland were invited to compete for the
Scottish Modern Apprentice of the Year title. Finalist Ryann Walker,
who has completed the Horse Industry Modern Apprenticeship in additional
to gaining academic equine qualifications, now joins 5 other apprentices
from across Scotland, including greenkeepers, a farm assistant and
a florist, to compete for the award.
Regional Development Consultant, Wendy Learmonth said: "We
have been extremely impressed by the quality of entries for this
competition. It is encouraging to see that the finalists come from
across the land-based sector - from equine and agriculture to amenity
horticulture and floristry."
our finalists have secured a better future for themselves as a result
of their commitment and positive attitude to learning. We are delighted
to celebrate their achievements and announce the overall winner
at the evening award ceremony," concludes Wendy.
800 individuals are currently following a Modern Apprenticeship
in the environmental and land-based sector in Scotland. Over 300
have completed since 2000.