Game and Wildlife modern apprentice Callum Low from Arbroath is one of many young Scots choosing a vocational route into work.
The recent winner of Lantra Scotland’s Land-based Learner of the Year Award has championed Scotland’s Modern Apprenticeship Scheme which offers new and existing employees the opportunity to gain skills and qualifications in the workplace, without the need for full-time study.
Callum has taken full advantage of the scheme, which has helped him excel as an apprentice gamekeeper at Invermark Estate, the 55,000 acre sporting estate in the heart of Angus, owned by Lord Dalhousie.
He is currently undertaking his Modern Apprenticeship Level 2 in gamekeeping.
Callum has developed into one of Invermark Estate star apprentices and was recently rewarded for his efforts by winning the top accolade at the Lantra Awards as well as the Game and Wildlife Learner of the Year and Modern Apprentice of the Year awards.
Callum said: “It was great to be recognised for my efforts and win these awards.
“The Modern Apprenticeship Scheme is a great way to start your career.
“Twenty to 30 years ago you could have been a gamekeeper with no qualifications. Today, with health and safety regulations as they are, it’s extremely important to have the right qualifications, skills and experience.
“To get a head start in the industry, hands-on experience is hugely important as it lets the employer know you are serious about your job and keen.”
Lantra Scotland’s Director, Kevin Patrick, said: “Modern Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to bring new entrants into Scotland’s land-based and aquaculture industries. Apprentices quickly become an asset to their employers, bringing new ideas from their vocational learning to the job.”