The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) aquaculture Modern Apprentice Janis Brivkalns has been shortlisted for the prestigious Lantra Scotland Learner of the Year Award.
Janis, 34 from Dunoon, has been completing a Modern Apprenticeship Level 2 in Aquaculture through Inverness College UHI while working as a Marine Operative at the SSC site in Dunoon.
The Lantra awards recognise the efforts of trainees and celebrate the achievements of learners. Finalists were chosen by an independent judging panel of influential figures from the land-based and aquaculture sector, with The Learner of the Year Award going to an outstanding trainee who has demonstrated exceptional ability, hard work and a passion for their industry.
Janis progressed through the course quickly, utilising his considerable research skills, while developing and adapting his knowledge. Janis’ work has been to an excellent standard, rapidly overcoming numerous hurdles to become an established and valued member of the SSC team.
Janis Brivkalns said: “I’m really excited to have been named as a finalist in Lantra Scotland’s Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards. My job is incredibly rewarding, it’s a real privilege to work with the team at The Scottish Salmon Company site in Dunoon, at the heart of salmon production. I like being part of an industry that is so important to Scotland’s economy and heritage.”
Lantra Scotland is the sector skills council for land-based, aquaculture and environmental conservation industries. Since the Lantra awards launched in 2004, there have been over 1000 nominees and 300 finalists.
The winners will be announced at a gala dinner and award ceremony on Thursday 7th March at the Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro.