Tyler Tovey, a 22-year-old trainee from East Calder, has won the Horticulture category at Lantra Scotland’s annual Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards. The awards took place at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Dunblane Hydro on Thursday 7th March. Joint runners-up were 22-year-old Calum Melrose from and 24-year-old Ross Yuile.
Tyler has completed an SVQ Level 3 in Horticulture at SRUC, while working as a Gardener at Jupiter Artland Gardens in Edinburgh. He was top student for his SVQ. He is also the only Scottish student selected to attend the Royal Horticultural Society’s Breakfast Reception at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Tyler said: “I’m so happy to win the Horticulture Award. This will be a real boost to my career. Thanks to my employers at Jupiter Artland Gardens and tutors at SRUC.”
Calum Melrose is doing a Modern Apprenticeship with West Lothian Council through SRUC. His consistent high standards were recently recognised when he won APSE’s (Association of Public Sector Excellence) 2018 Apprentice of the Year Award for Horticulture.
Ross Yuile has done an NC in Horticulture at Glasgow Clyde College and is now on an HNC course. His lecturers say that he shows dedication and commitment to his education.
The 2019 Learner of the Year Awards were organised by Lantra Scotland, the sector skills council for the land-based, aquaculture and environmental conservation industries. Host and main speaker for the evening was well-known Perthshire farmer and stand-up comedian, Jim Smith.
According to Liz Barron-Majerik, Director of Lantra Scotland, the awards are key to recognising and celebrating the achievements of trainees within Scotland’s rural sector. As well as encouraging employers to invest in the next generation of talent.