Two Borders College students compete for prestigious awards

Staff from Borders College recently submitted their nominations and were delighted to learn that both were shortlisted for finalists.

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They will hope to emulate the success of former Borders College students, who have triumphed in the awards, including last year’s winner Alicia Blaszczek, who won in three separate categories.

Felix Meister from Edinburgh, who studied HNC Gamekeeping, recently completed his studies and is now working with the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust as a Field Research Assistant.

Commenting on his time at the college and his selection as a finalist, Felix Lecturer Gary Dixon said: “I am delighted that Felix has been selected by the judges as a finalist.

“His work ethic and attention to detail in written projects was exemplary and he has made tremendous progress in fully understanding the importance of game management as an asset to our working countryside.

“Felix has strong communication skills and has made excellent contacts within the industry. He recently completed Level 1 in Deer Management, achieving 100% across all assessments. I wish him all the best for his upcoming ALBAS.”

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Jack Forsyth from East Linton is currently studying Agriculture at SVQ and has decided to advance his studies by switching to the Sixth Form Modern Apprenticeship course.

Jack’s lecturer Gillian McFadyen guided him through his farming journey and he wasn’t surprised he was selected as a finalist. Gillian said:

“Jack has a great attitude to work, try anything and learn quickly and it was well worth the effort to give him the opportunity to explore his potential. He blended in really well with his colleagues in his recruitment settings with some excellent feedback from employers.

“His hard work, growth, and dedication are the reasons his name has been put up, and he fully deserves his spot in the ALBAS Finals.”

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ALBAS recognizes the achievements of individuals, employer partnerships and training providers in aquaculture and aquaculture, as well as raising the bar on training and employment opportunities and highlighting the benefits to employers of a well-trained and highly skilled workforce.

The ceremony will take place on Thursday, March 9, 2023 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Dunblane Hydro, where the winners will be announced.

The college wishes both Felix and Jack all the best for their finals.

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