Farm students honoured

COLEG Sir Gâr agriculture student Anwen Jones has won the land management and production young learner of the year category at Lantra’s 2015 Landbased Learner of the Year Awards presented during the Winter Fair. The awards recognise and celebrate the success of learners in Wales’ land-based and environmental industries. They were presented by deputy farming and food minister Rebecca Evans. Anwen is currently studying a Foundation Degree in Agriculture and her determination and commitment to farming impressed the judging panel. Lantra Wales national director Kevin Thomas said: “Anwen has a strong passion for farming with great enthusiasm in the running of her family farm. She has shown high levels of commitment to her education and has gained invaluable skills in doing so.” The joint runners-up in the category were Peredur Rhobet Owen and Huw Jones. Peredur, studying an Agriculture BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Glynliffon, Grwp Llandrillo Menai, demonstrated great energy and commitment for learning. He has shown resilience to fulfil his desire to pursue agriculture as a career path in the future. Huw is studying Land-based Engineering at the same college and was able to demonstrate how he had utilised practical skills for employment and income opportunities. The highly commended prize went to Ben Cross, who was nominated by David Davies from Coleg Sir Gar. Ben has always had a keen interest in farming. He has worked on a beef and dairy farm for the past 11 years, with farm work contracting running alongside this. He gained many qualifications during this period, and is hoping to undertake a BSc in Agriculture in the future. Coleg Cambria lecturer Rebeca Shakespear-Fry won the land management and production lifelong learner of the year category. Former Coleg Cambria student Rebeca impressed the judges with her high energy and commitment to life-long learning. Now in her second year as a lecturer at Llysfasi with Coleg Cambria, she is helping to inspire future generations of learners. Mr Thomas said: “Rebeca demonstrated her ability to mentor and support her students to achieve their full potential.” Coleg Cambria students Fiona Ansell and Nicola Rowntree were joint winners of the animal health and welfare, horticulture and environmental industries young learner of the year category. Fiona completed the Extended Diploma in Horse Management in June 2015 with a distinction. This was testament to her work ethic over the three-year course. She is focused on continuing to develop her equine career further in the future and is currently undertaking a teaching role at Coleg Cambria where she is taking every opportunity to continue her skills development. Nicola has recently finished two years studying Level 3 Horse Management. She finished with a distinction grade and has since taken up the offer of a place on a degree programme in Equine Science. Her ultimate aim is to successfully attain her degree before undertaking a PGCE. A highly commended prize was awarded to Sarah Jane Roberts from Coleg Cambria who recently completed a Level 3 Diploma in Floristry and currently works at a local floristry business. Floristry has always been a great passion of Sarah’s, evident through her enthusiasm and commitment to her education. The judges were impressed with her progress both at college and her workplace. Forestry student Mark Young from Coleg Glynllifon, Grwp Llandrillo Menai, won the animal health and welfare, horticulture and environmental industries lifelong learner of the year category. He enrolled on the Level 3 BTEC Countryside Management course at Glynllifon College in September 2013 and gained various qualifications whilst at college. His enthusiasm was recently rewarded by his college when he won the Best Forestry Student of the Year 2015 and Best Overall Student of the Year 2015 accolades. Joint runners-up in this category were Pamela Griffiths of Coleg Cambria and Philip Cooper, nominated by PMR Training, Pembrokeshire. Pamela studied at Coleg Cambria for three years, successfully completing both a Level 2 Diploma and a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Care. Phillip approached PMR Training after being made redundant from the oil refinery he worked for. He gained training support through the Welsh Government ReAct scheme – completing a bush cutter, chainsaw and a safe use of pesticides course. He then went on to establish his own maintenance, gardening and landscaping business which continues to go from strength to strength as its client base expands. This year’s Lantra awards were sponsored by several key industry bodies including FUW, NRW, Farming Connect and the NFU Cymru.

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