Search For Top Rural Learners

DSC_4323-PanoaaaNominations for Lantra Scotland’s 2020 Awards for Land-based and Aquaculture Skills (ALBAS) are now officially open.

Rural employers, colleges and schools are being asked to put forward their top learners, and to help recognise and promote the industry’s best talent.

The recently renamed awards provide trainees of all ages with a springboard to succeed in their respective careers, as well as highlighting the need for businesses to invest in new entrants, training and skills development.

Industry categories cover agriculture, animal care, aquaculture, equine, environmental conservation, fisheries management, game and wildlife, horticulture, land-based engineering and trees and timber.

As well as prizes for Overall Winner, Runner-up and Modern Apprentice of the Year, there are also awards for Higher Education, School Pupil and Secondary Schools, CARAS (Council for Awards of Agricultural Societies), Jean’s Jam for inspirational tutor and the Tam Tod Trophy for outstanding young learner.

Janis Brivkalns_ Agra winner

Janis Brivkalns was the aquaculture winner at this years awards.

All the ALBAS  winners will be announced at a prestigious ceremony at the DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro on Thursday 5thMarch 2020, hosted by farmer and stand-up comedian, Jim Smith.

Liz Barron-Majerik, Director of Lantra Scotland, is keen to see the awards play their part in highlighting the extensive contributions that land-based and aquaculture industries make to Scotland’s economy, particularly in rural areas. She explained:

“Although the ALBAS are rightly focused on learners and trainees, they also provide the perfect way for their training providers and employers to get the credit they deserve. By recognising and celebrating the success and hard work of our new entrants, the awards highlight the support and achievements of everyone involved.

“They help to promote the range of rewarding careers on offer in our sector, which I know will encourage more new entrants and ensure that our industries are supplied with the very best talent.

“Many of our inspirational learners go on to do great things, and we’re very proud of the effect our awards can have on the self-confidence and careers of all our finalists and winners.”

The closing date for nominations is Friday 15 November. To enter, call Lantra on 01738 310364, email visit

Lantra’s work in Scotland is supported by the Scottish Government.

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