Students through to next round of awards

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Borders College Landbased section have again had a good representation at the Lantra Landbased Learner of the Year interviews.

For the first time, all six nominations from Horse Care, Gamekeeping, Agriculture and Schools programmes made the interview stage at Perth recently.

They were interviewed by six industry experts along with candidates from all over Scotland from other Colleges, Universities and training providers. Roy Jones, who chaired the panel, congratulated Borders College on the quality of their candidates and said how well they had presented themselves at the interview.

Four of the students have since received letters inviting them to the award finals at Dunblane Hydro in March: Chelsea Scobbie and Natalie Crombie from Horse Care, Ryan Paxton from Agriculture and 15-year-old Kyle Bell from Hawick High School who attends the college Rural Skills Group.

Borders College has a good record of success at this ceremony and this is the third year in a row that Horse Care students have made the final. Ryan is the seventh agricultural finalist in the last nine years and Kyle is the sixth School Plus student to reach the final in recent years.

Meanwhile, nominations are now open for the Borders Adult Learners Awards.

The awards take place each year to celebrate the achievement of adult learners in the region, and aim to recognise the achievements of adults who, at times, against considerable odds, take their future into their own hands and benefit from the opportunities available to enhance their knowledge, quality of life and job prospects. It is also hoped that their story will go on to inspire others.

This year’s ceremony will take place on April 28. You can nominate an individual and/or group of post-school learners, who you think are worth the accolade and who are currently residing in the Borders, by contacting Veronica Blackwood at for an application form.

The deadline for nominations is noon on February 20.