Cai Roberts from Llanfrothen, who is a student on the college’s Countryside Management and Forestry course, received the award at a glittering ceremony at the Metrapol Hotel in Llandrindod-Wells. The awards are now in their twenty-seventh year. Lantra is one of the leading awarding bodies for land-based industries in both the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
During the ceremony, Agriculture Minister Lesley Griffiths was keen to thank the land-based training providers and rural colleges in Wales for all their work during the academic year.
Cai Roberts said: “After leaving school I went straight to work with my father on the family fishing boat in my hometown of Nefyn. After years of working at sea, I decided to take a different course and go into forestry. Pretty soon I realised that this is an area that is growing rapidly and offers a host of diverse job opportunities and very good salaries.
“That's why I decided to go back into education, to gain qualifications whilst in the field. To be honest, deciding to go to college for the first time as a person in their late twenties was not easy, but it has worked out great for me. The support from the college has been incredible, I've learned a lot, and to receive this award from Lantra is fantastic."
Jeff Jones, head of Countryside Management and Forestry at Glynllifon, said: “Seeing Cai succeed at the Lantra awards ceremony means a lot to all the staff at college. Lantra is the most recognised awarding body in Wales, and the competition for awards every year is extremely high. This puts Cai's success in context.”
He added: “Cai is testament that it's never too late to make a career change and discover a new path in life. Cai's choice of going to study and work in forestry is one that I am sure is going to pay off in the long run. The opportunities available in this field, not just here in Wales, are exceptional: salaries begin at £28,000, rising to £ 35,000 within a few years, with some earning up to £60,000-a-year. Well done Cai, the college is very proud of your success.”
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