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Success for Fisheries Team Modern Apprentice

Tuesday 7th March, 2017

Fisheries Team

Stirling Council Apprentice Fisheries Bailiff Stuart McKinlay has won the LANTRA ‘Learner of the Year’ Award for Fisheries Management and Environmental Conservation. Stuart also went on to be the overall runner up for the whole Land Based Learner of the Year Awards.

Stuart has an SVQ in Environmental Conservation and a certificate in Bailiffing and Keepering Duties which he gained through his apprenticeship with Stirling Council.

LANTRA is the national training organisation for land-based and environmental industries, and their prestigious ‘Learner of the Year’ Award celebrates the achievements of Scotland's top land-based and aquaculture learners.

The national competition, which receives nominations from across Scotland and allows those within the industry to recognise exceptional individuals, highlights exciting career opportunities on offer and shows the benefits to businesses of having highly skilled staff in these areas. 

Stuart’s line manager, Fisheries Officer Scott Mason, also won the LANTRA ‘Learner of the Year’ Award for Fisheries Management and Environmental Conservation in 2013.

Scott said: “This is a fantastic achievement and I’m very proud of Stuart. It is further evidence of the talented workforce we have here in Stirling Council’s Fisheries Team.

This is also the fifth time in the last 6 years that we have been involved in the finals of this category.”

Environment Convenor Councillor Danny Gibson said: “This is a very prestigious award and I’m incredibly proud of our publicly-owned fishery. My congratulations go to both Stuart and Scott for this superb recognition of the great work they do in establishing Stirling Council Fisheries as one of the best in Scotland. Stuart’s success evidences the strong partnership working between the Council’s Learning and Employability Team and other services.”

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