'Ambassador' for Horse Industry rewarded at 'Scottish
Land-based Modern Apprentice of the Year' Awards
Walker, a riding instructor and groom from Milngavie, was one of
six finalists in the recent 'Scottish Land-based Modern Apprentice
of the Year Awards 2003'. Ryann took second place, receiving a special
achievement award, in recognition of her commitment and positive
attitude to learning. She was presented with her award and certificate
of achievement at an evening ceremony hosted by Lantra, the Sector
Skills Council for the Environmental and Land-based Sector.
candidates from across Scotland competed for the award, representing
a range of land-based industries including greenkeeping, floristry,
agriculture and equine. The award is 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.
impressed the judges with her all-round ability and determination
to achieve her Modern Apprenticeship in just 6 months. In particular,
her commitment to helping colleagues and real love of the horse
industry really shone through.
commitment Ryann has shown to her training has been outstanding,
both at work and in her spare time", says Jenda Westwood, Lantra's
Regional Development Consultant. "Ryann achieved her Modern
Apprenticeship in record timing and her ambition to succeed played
a large part in her success".
also spends a lot of time supporting a colleague with learning difficulties
who is currently working towards a Scottish Vocational Qualification
(SVQ) at Level 2.
Stevenson, Lantra's Executive Director, Scotland said, "We
are pleased to reward 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."
800 individuals are currently following a Modern Apprenticeship
in the environmental and land-based sector in Scotland. Over 300
have completed since 2000.