Locals up for learner awards

Left: John Blance working at the lumpsucker fish hatchery at the NAFC Marine Centre (photo courtesy of NAFC), and right: Jakob Eunson with border collie Jack (photo courtesy of Train Shetland).

TWO locals have been announced as finalists for Lantra Scotland’s Learner of the Year Awards.

Apprentice farmer Jakob Eunson and hatchery technician John Blance are both up for an award at the ceremony, which celebrates work and training in the land-based, aquaculture and environmental industries.

Nineteen year old Eunson currently works at Uradale Farm near Scalloway as he completes his apprenticeship in modern agriculture.

He also regularly studies at the Scottish Rural College near Dumfries for an SVQ Level 3 qualification in livestock production.

Blance, who is 46, recently gained a modern apprenticeship in aquaculture at the NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway and he received an SVQ Level 3 qualification in aquaculture.

He started working with Grieg Seafood Shetland two years ago before moving to the NAFC to help rear lumpsucker fish as a biological control for sea lice.

This year’s Lantra Scotland Learner of the Year Awards will take place in Dunblane on 2 March.