Lanark apprentice agricultural engineer up for award

Michael Rolfe (19) from Braehead in Forth has been short-listed for Lantra Scotland's Learner of the Year Awards 2016.
Lantra finalist - Michael Rolfe (19) from Braehead, ForthLantra finalist - Michael Rolfe (19) from Braehead, Forth
Lantra finalist - Michael Rolfe (19) from Braehead, Forth

These much-coveted accolades will be presented to the winner at Lantra’s Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards ceremony, on Thursday March 3 in Dunblane.

Michael is studying for an extended Diploma in Land Based Engineering at SRUC Barony, while working as an Apprentice Agricultural Engineer at Ross of Lanark. He recently went to Germany to train on the Krone BigX forage harvester at the Krone training centre in Spelle, where he attended an advanced hydraulics and electrics course.

Michael’s ambition is to become an area service manager for a major tractor manufacturer.

Organised by Lantra Scotland, the sector skills council for the land-based, aquaculture and environmental industries, the awards recognise and reward Scotland’s most talented trainees from across Scotland’s rural sector, as well as helping encourage employers to invest in skills for the future.

There are a total of 15 categories,and eight industry accolades.

The highlight of the ceremony will be the announcement of the Overall Winner and Runner-up.

This award recognises the person who has demonstrated an extraordinary willingness to learn.

“All of our nominees, whether selected as finalists or not, should be extremely proud of their work and I really look forward to celebrating their achievements in Dunblane on Thursday March 3”, said Kevin Patrick, Director of Lantra Scotland.