Apprentices celebrated at rural skills awards

Friday 6 March 2020

SQA's Graham Campbell and Amanda Laing, with ALBAS Apprentice of the Year Shaun MacLeod
SQA's Graham Campbell (l) and Amanda Laing, with ALBAS Apprentice of the Year Shaun MacLeod

SQA was on hand to celebrate the achievements of apprentices and trainees in Scotland's rural sector, at Lantra Scotland's Awards for Land-based and Aquaculture Skills (the ALBAs).

Lantra Scotland is the sector skills council for land-based, aquaculture and environmental conservation industries, and the ALBAs play an important role in highlighting the variety of career opportunities available in these industries.

SQA joined finalists from across the country at the awards ceremony, which we attended as sponsors of the Modern Apprentice of the Year award. Finalists in this category represent a variety of industries, including: Trees and Timber; Landbased Engineering; Agriculture; Aquaculture and; Gamekeeping.

Announced on the evening as Modern Apprentice of the Year was Shaun MacLeod. Shaun is undertaking a Scottish Vocational Qualification in Livestock with Elgin based Matheson's Ltd through Scotland's Rural College (SRUC).

Graham Campbell, SQA Regional Manager, said: ¿Our Modern Apprentice finalists demonstrate the wide variety of exciting careers which Scotland's rural sector offers. They also show the value to employers of investing in our young people. They are fantastic ambassadors for their chosen industries, and will no doubt continue to make a valuable contribution in the coming years."

SQA congratulates all the finalists, and in particular our winner, Shaun MacLeod.

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