NOMINATIONS for Scotland's top rural learners need to be in by the middle of this month if they are to have a shot at winning one of Lantra's annual awards.

Rural employers, colleges and schools have until Friday November 15 to put forward their candidates for the 2020 Awards for Land-based and Aquaculture Skills – more snappily christened the ALBAS – whereupon an independent panel of judges will then shortlist finalists, with winners announced at a ceremony in Dunblane in March next year.

Open to learners in agriculture, aquaculture, equine, fisheries management, environmental conservation, animal care, game and wildlife, horticulture, trees and timber and land-based engineering, the ALBAS are now in their 17th year of celebrating the achievements of Scotland’s top trainees – and providing them with a springboard to succeed in their respective careers.

Lantra Scotland director Liz Barron-Majerik said: “Although the ALBAS are rightly focused on learners and trainees, they also provide the perfect way for their training providers and employers to get the credit they deserve. By recognising and celebrating the success and hard work of our new entrants, the awards highlight the support and achievements of everyone involved.

“With the closing date for nominations now fast approaching, we’d like to remind trainers, teachers and employers across the country to put forward their top learners and help us to recognise and promote the industry’s best talent!”

To enter, call Lantra on 01738 310364, email or visit