Lantra Scotland ALBAS Awards 2022

Hannah Lloyd ,
9 Mar 2022

albasIn this blog, our Business Development Manager Hannah Lloyd writes about attending the Lantra Scotland ALBAS Awards, sharing information about the night itself, as well as the deserving finalists and winners.

Thursday 3 March 2022 marked the 20th Anniversary of the Lantra Scotland ALBAS – Scotland’s awards for land-based and aquaculture skills and Scottish Land & Estates were delighted to continue our support of the awards and to join the celebrations last week.

Lantra Scotland can help you get the training, qualifications and skills you need to succeed in the land-based, aquaculture and environmental sector. They represent the skills interest of land-based, aquaculture and environmental conservation businesses and organisations across Scotland, the UK and Ireland. They promote the economic and environmental benefits of investing in skills, help to inform policies, provision and funding, and promote the diverse and rewarding careers available in the sector.

The ALBAS awards provide an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the success of learners from across Scotland’s land-based, aquaculture and environmental conservation industries with a broad range of nominees, finalists and winners across all 18 award categories. Once again, the awards had a very high standard of entries and we have no doubt that the Independent Judging Panel will have had some tough decisions to make.

The evening included a rousing performance from Glenalmond College Pipers alongside speeches from Mairi Gougeon – Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands, Dr Liz Barron- Majerik – Scotland Director of Lantra, Keith Paterson – Chair of the Independent Judging Panel and an inspiring keynote speech from Cammy Wilson aka The Sheep Game – Sheep Farmer and social media star who inspired many in the room with his journey from policeman to social media star with a reminder of the value and rewards that living and working in rural Scotland can bring despite the sometimes tough times. Cammy also talked about lifelong learning – for him this has included qualifications in sheep shearing alongside learning “how to” with social media and making the most of the opportunities given to him. With social media here to stay it was obvious that to many of the young award nominees Cammy’s speech offered insight and opportunity for them as well.

Moving on to the awards, Scottish Land & Estates are delighted to sponsor the “Agriculture Learner of the Year” award which this year included both a runner up and a winner. Huge congratulations to all the nominees in this category too.

ruRunner Up : William Yuille who works for William Kerr & Sons and studies through SRUC Barony.

Billy was nominated by Diane Smith, Schools, Training & Workbased Learning Officer at SRUC Barony who said : “Billy was awarded the prize for Top SVQ Agriculture Student for the South and West Campus. His presentations have been exemplary and his positive attitude and keenness to learn have made him a pleasure to teach, instruct and assess. The agricultural industry is lucky to have young people like Billy training and working in it.” Congratulations Billy from all at Scottish Land & Estates and best of luck in your next steps.

winWinner : Alicja Blaszczk who works for George Brown & Sons in East Lothian and studies her Modern Apprenticeship through Borders College.

Alicja was nominated by Gillian McFadyen of Borders College who said : “Alicja is a great example of somebody who will go far in this world in whatever she chooses to do as she will never by stuck and can work out solutions to problems in her way.” Huge congratulations Alicja from all at Scottish Land & Estates on winning this award alongside the others you picked up on the night. You have a clear drive and determination that will see you go far and we look forward to seeing where it takes you.

winnerScottish Land & Estates ongoing support of these awards recognising our commitment to opening doors for young people to join the sector and to help rural Scotland thrive. We were delighted to see a selection of finalists already in employment with our landowning membership and to hear from estate owners with such pride in the success of their younger team members – a special congratulations to Rory Donaldson who, alongside winning Game & Wildlife Learner of the Year on the night, picked up the Overall Winner Award. Rory works as a ghillie or ponyman on Drummond Estates while undertaking his qualifications at SRUC Elmwood.

For details on the winners in the other categories please see below and do listen out for our podcast episode hearing more from some of the award winners coming soon.


  • Anna Murray Award for Partnership Working : Tilhill & Borders College
  • CARAS Award : Alicja Blaszczk of George Brown & Sons and Borders College
  • Tam Tod Trophy : Logan Bainbridge of SRUC Elmwood
  • Jean’s Jam Award : Neil Stewart, Scottish School of Forestry
  • NPA Skills for Work Learner of the Year : Ellen Anderson of Meldrum Academy and Brogan Noble of Meldrum Academy
  • Secondary School Award : The Nicolson Institute and Wallace Hall Academy
  • Aquaculture Learner of the Year : Emmanuelle Rey of Dawnfresh Farming and Shetland UHI (Runner Up : Emily Underhill of Scottish Seafarms and Shetland UHI)
  • Equine Learner of the Year : Caroline von Linden of Turnberry Hotel and Ross Dhu Equestrian (Runner Up : Stephanie Wharrie of Ross Dhu Equestrian)
  • Game and Wildlife Learner of the Year : Rory Donaldson of Drummond Estates and SRUC Elmwood (Runner Up : Logan Bainbridge of SRUC Elmwood)
  • Horticulture Learner of the Year : Eloise Fenton of Glasgow Clyde College (Runner Up : Natalia Reifart-Bieganowska of Glasgow Clyde College)
  • Land-based Engineering Learner of the Year : Martin Young of Sellars and SRUC Barony (Runner Up : Craig Farmer of Bryson Tractors and SRUC Oatridge)
  • Trees and Timber Learner of the Year : Rachel Orchard of Forestry and Land Scotland and Scottish School of Forestry (Runner Up : Victoria Potts of Forestry and Land Scotland and Scottish School of Forestry)
  • Higher Education Learner of the Year for SCQF Level 7 : Daisy Wright of Historic Environment Scotland and SRUC Oatridge
  • Higher Education Learner of the Year for SCQF Level 8 : Charlotte Martin of SRUC Oatridge
  • Higher Education Learner of the Year for SCQF Level 9 and above : Derek Ferguson of Grieg Seafood and Shetland UHI
  • Modern Apprentice of the Year : Alicja Blaszczk of George Brown & Sons and Borders College
  • Overall Runner-up : Derek Ferguson of Grieg Seafood and Shetland UHI
  • Overall Winner : Rory Donaldson of Drummond Estates and SRUC Elmwood