Learner of the Year 2003: Can the equine industry scoop the award
again this year?
the winner of this year's Land-based Learner of the Year competition
be a Welsh equestrian? The hunt is now on for nominees for this
annual Lantra event, which recognises the talents of learners of
all ages developing a career in Wales' land-based industries - including
the equine industry.
from throughout Wales are eligible to compete for one of two titles
- "Young Learner" and "Lifelong Learner" - as
well as a cash prize and Lantra training voucher totalling £1,000.
year, two Welsh equine experts took the winning titles:
Michael Williams, aged 22* of Newport, was a completely unanimous
choice by the judging panel as the winner of the Land-based Learner
of the Year's "Young Learner" title. Michael had gained
practical experience in riding instruction & stable management
and as an assistant to a trainer at a point-to-point racing yard.
He was studying for HNDs in Equine Management and Business Administration,
and had successfully completed numerous qualifications including
a BTEC National Certificate in Business and
Advanced National Certificate in Equine Business Management (both
passed with distinction).
Jan Evans, aged 45* of Cardiff, proved to be a fantastic advertisement
for lifelong learning and took the Land-based Learner of the Year
"Lifelong Learner" title. Jan is now a self-employed equestrian
instructor with extensive training, excellent technical knowledge
and work experience in the areas of riding instruction and dressage,
actively with local farming families who are diversifying into livery
and similar enterprises.
you're an employer, teach at a college, or work for a trade association
or industry body, and know of someone who has shown a similar commitment
to vocational education and training since leaving school, why not
will be considered on their ability to deal with the challenges
their job presents them with and on their use of initiative to secure
a better future, as well as on their level of skill and attitude
to learning," says Richard Thomas of Lantra's Welsh team.
competition is open to people of all ages, and successful nominees
will be invited to attend an informal interview with a panel of
local industry representatives. Stage two of the competition will
then see the regional finalists discuss their career development
and deliver a presentation to the final judging panel.
The winner and runners up will be announced at Lantra's offices
on the Royal Welsh Showground during this year's Winter Fair (1st
- 2nd December). The closing date for nominations is Friday 31st
more information and an entry form, contact Richard Thomas at Lantra
on 01982 552646 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* = age at time of last year's awards.