Inverurie trainee wins at Lantra Scotland’s ALBAS 2021

Ian Armstrong from Inverurie, has won the SCQF Level 10 Higher Education category and a CARAS award at Lantra Scotland’s ALBAS (Awards for Land-based and Aquaculture Skills), which took place at a special virtual ceremony last week.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 7:00 am
Updated Monday, 8th March 2021, 7:05 am
Ian Armstrong was among the winners at this year’s Lantra Scotland’s ALBAS 2021.

The 22-year-old has been doing a BA (Hons) in Rural Business Management at SRUC Craibstone.

He said: “It was great to be nominated for an ALBAS award. Agriculture can be a tough job, but I enjoy the challenge.

"Farming gives me the chance to get back what I put in, which motivates me.”

CARAS was established by the UK’s four national agricultural societies, including the Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) to recognise distinguished achievements in agriculture and related land-based industries.

RHASS also supports a Secondary Schools Award in recognition of schools with exceptional standards in rural skills training.

The winner this year was Meldrum Academy.

The ALBAS are organised by Lantra Scotland, the sector skills council for the land-based, aquaculture and environmental conservation industries.

According to Lantra Scotland’s Director, Liz Barron-Majerik, there were some fantastic entries for the ALBAS, and everyone who was nominated should be very proud of their achievements.

She continued: “This time last year the ALBAS were very different, but I’m delighted we’ve still been able to honour Scotland’s top learners in 2021.

"It’s been a challenging year for many in our sector, but we’re focussing on the future and recognising the work of some of our key workers and learners.

The ALBAS are a very effective way of highlighting their success, and of getting employers involved in growing the next generation of talent.

As well as the generous sponsors of our event, I’d also like to thank Keith Paterson and his team of independent judges, who commit an enormous amount of unpaid time to reviewing the nominations and interviewing short-listed candidates.”

To see a recording of the ALBAS visit or search for Lantra Scotland on YouTube.