Borders well represented at
Lantra awards

Eyemouth High School on the shortlist for Lantra Learner of the Year awards
Eyemouth High School on the shortlist for Lantra Learner of the Year awards

Four Borders trainees and a Berwickshire school have been shortlisted for Lantra Scotland’s Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards 2015.

Those shortlisted are trainees Ryan Paxton, Kyle Bell, Chelsea Scobbie and Natalie Crombie as well as Eyemouth High School.

Hosted by Jim McLaren and celebrity chef Nick Nairn, the awards celebrate the achievements of trainees within Scotland’s rural industries and are organised by Lantra Scotland, the sector skills council for the land-based, aquaculture and environmental industries.

Ryan Paxton, aged 20 from Selkirk, has been short-listed for the Agriculture Learner of the Year Award. Ryan has just completed his Modern Apprenticeship Level 3 in mixed farming at Buccleuch Estates and Borders College.

Kyle Bell, a 15-year-old from Hawick, has been short-listed for the School Pupil Award. Kyle is currently doing a Rural Skills for Work course at Borders College. Chelsea Scobbie, aged 19 from Duns, and Natalie Crombie, aged 18 from Tweedbank, Galashiels, have both been short-listed for the Equine Learner of the Year Award 2015. Chelsea has recently completed her Modern Apprenticeship Level 3 in Horse Care at Borders College and Stable Life, and Natalie has completed her Modern Apprenticeship Level 3 in Horse Care also at Border College, while working at the Ian Stark Equestrian Centre.

Finally, Eyemouth High School is one of the secondary schools finalists for Lantra Scotland’s Urban School Award.

The winner will be announced at an award ceremony and gala dinner on the evening of Thursday, March 5, at the Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro, with the main sponsor being The Scottish Salmon Company.

Nick Nairn said: “I’m delighted to be giving out the awards at the Lantra event in this Year of Food and Drink. Celebrating the achievements of learners is key in any industry.

“Good training is crucial to developing a well-run agricultural and food and drink sector across the country. And here in Scotland we have so much to be proud of right across the industry, from farmers to restaurant owners, and land managers to fishmongers. I’m particularly delighted to see that secondary schools and higher education students are being recognised in these awards.”