SQA recognises rural apprentices at Lantra Scotland Awards

Sine Soszka with her Modern Apprentice of the Year trophy, alongside SQA’s Graham Campbell, Anne Boyd and Amanda Laing

The achievements of Scotland’s top trainees in the rural sector were celebrated at Lantra Scotland’s Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards.

SQA attended the event, which was held at the Dunblane Hydro hotel, as sponsors of the Modern Apprentice of the Year category. As well as recognising learner success, for the last 16 years the awards have played an important role in promoting rural careers and highlighting the need to invest in skills.

Scotland’s rural sector offers a diverse range of apprenticeship opportunities. Leaners gain hands on experience whilst gaining an SQA qualification, providing employers with a skilled workforce. Finalists in the Modern Apprentice category represent a variety of industries, including: Trees and Timber; Parks, Gardens and Green Spaces and; Aquaculture.

Announced on the evening as Modern Apprentice of the Year was Dornoch’s Sine Soszka, who has been undertaking a Modern Apprenticeship in Agriculture through Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) while working for Tain based farmers J Scott & Partners.

Graham Campbell, SQA Regional Manager, said: “The Lantra Scotland Awards are a fantastic way to celebrate the exciting learning opportunities which Scotland’s rural sector provides. Our Modern Apprentice finalists have embraced the chance to gain qualifications and to use their skills to develop rural industries. Investing in our young people helps ensure a vibrant future for the sector.”

SQA congratulates all the finalists, and in particular our winner, Sine Soszka.

Find out more about SQA’s land-based and environment qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities in the rural sector.

You can watch a video of highlights from the evening.