Outstanding aquaculture trainee shortlisted for Lantra Learner of the Year Awards

Congratulations to aquaculture trainee, Jack Fraser, who has been short-listed for Lantra Scotland’s Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards.

22-year-old Jack, from Caol near Fort William, is undertaking a Modern Apprenticeship SVQ Level 2 and 3 in Aquaculture through Inverness College UHI, while working as an assistant manager at Marine Harvest (Scotland) Ltd in Fort William.

In addition to his day job, Jack has taken on an ambassadorial role, actively engaging with young people and promoting career opportunities in the aquaculture sector. His dream is to become site manager one day.

Jack said: “I was delighted to be nominated for this award and I’m proud that I’ve got through to the final. The support I’ve had from Inverness College UHI and my employer, Marine Harvest, has made this all possible.”

The Learner of the Year Awards, organised by Lantra Scotland, the sector skills council for the land-based, aquaculture and environmental industries, celebrate achievements of trainees within Scotland’s rural sector and encourage employers to invest in the next generation of talent.

The finalists for the 2017 Learner of the Year awards were chosen by a judging panel of influential figures from across the land-based and aquaculture sectors. Jack will learn the outcome at a special awards ceremony at the Dunblane Hydro Hotel on Thursday 2 March 2017.

David Sandison, company secretary for Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation said:

“Investing in skills and valuing qualifications has been an essential part of helping our industry and communities grow. Every nominee and Modern Apprentice should be extremely proud of their achievements. These awards provide an opportunity to recognise the commitment of our workers and their mentors and this year we look forward to hearing how Jack gets on.”