Lantra Scotland held their 12th annual Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards in the Hilton Dunblane Hydro Hotel on Thursday 5th March.
The ceremony was attended by 220 employers, trainees and industry representatives who came together to celebrate the achievements of 29 talented winners and runners up across 15 award categories - the highest numbers since the awards began in 2003.
One of the high points of the evening was a key-note speech by Nick Nairn, who reminded the audience of the importance of fostering young talent and investing in skills to ensure a lasting future for Scotland’s food and drink sector. Nick also presented the awards to the worthy winners and runners up.
Among the many highlights was the presentation of the Overall Winner and Runner up for Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Award 2015. This year, Callum Low, a talented 19-year-old game and wildlife trainee from Arbroath, took the top accolade, while Andrew Moore, a 28-year-old aquaculture apprentice from Taynuilt in Perthshire took the runner up spot. Callum also won the Game and Wildlife Learner of the Year and Modern Apprentice of the Year awards, whilst Andrew won the Aquaculture Learner of the Year award.
Callum has recently completed a Modern Apprenticeship Level 2 in gamekeeping at North Highland College UHI while working at Invermark Estate, a 55-thousand acre sporting estate in the heart of Angus, owned by Lord Dalhousie. Callum plays an integral role supporting Gary Maclennan, Invermark’s head gamekeeper, undertaking a variety of challenging roles from vermin control and deer and grouse management to helping supervise commercial shooting days.