Top learners nominated in national awards final

Scottish Borders Campus and Borders College Heriot-Watt University.
Scottish Borders Campus and Borders College Heriot-Watt University.

LOCAL students, nominated by their Borders College tutors, have been shortlisted for the national Lantra learner of the year awards.

Jedburgh’s Kathryn Macey studied horse care, achieving SVQ level 2, at Borders College.

On leaving, the 22-year-old took up a full-time job with the Girsonfield Stud and racing stable at Otterburn, Northumberland. She is a finalist is the Equine Learner of the Year category.

Kathryn, who has ADHD and overcame a muscle disorder to follow her dream, said: “It’s a way of life you have to be committed to from the beginning if you want to get anywhere.

“You do not need to have been born in a saddle to achieve your dreams of working with horses. I have worked hard to get where I am today and I genuinely can’t be more proud of what I have achieved with the help of Borders College.”

Meanwhile, Denholm’s Fraser Lothian, one of Borders College’s School Plus land-based group, is contender in the schools’ category.

The Hawick High School pupil set up his own business more than two years ago.

He said: “I have always loved working in the countryside. I prefer the machinery side of things and have always been interested in tractors and farm machinery. I founded my own firewood company in October 2011, funded from money I received for Christmas and birthdays because I knew that there was money to be made in that field. I supply hardwood and softwood logs and kindling all over the Borders with help from my dad.”

The winner of the award will be announced at Lantra’s Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards 2013, which the Borders pair are attending, in Dunblane in March.

The awards, organised by Lantra, the skills council for land-based, aquaculture and environmental industries, celebrate the achievements of young people and new entrants to those sectors.

The organisation received a record number of entries for the annual awards.