Lantra awards

Lantra instructor excellence awards

The hard-work and dedication of Lantra’s Instructor and Assessor network was celebrated in June at the inaugural Instructor Excellence Awards at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. Over 40 Instructors were in attendance for the ceremony, which also saw Lantra hosting a networking session whilst delegates enjoyed a celebratory hog roast lunch.

Lantra staff presented winners with industry excellence awards for categories in 4×4, tractors, lift trucks, pesticides, pest control, health and safety, ground-based chainsaw, tree inspection, aerial arboriculture, plant and machinery and also landscape tools.

As well as individual industry awards up for grabs, there were also categories for outstanding contribution, best newcomer and longest serving Instructor. Trophies and winner prizes were kindly sponsored by Lantra partners EGO Power Plus and Cooper Pegler.

One of the highlights of the event saw Edward Willmott – a Lantra Instructor of 53 years – sharing an insightful speech about his time teaching cattle hoof trimming whilst accepting his longest serving award.

Stephen Roberts, Head of Instructor Network at Lantra, says:  “We were delighted to celebrate the fantastic achievements of our committed Instructor and Assessor network at the recent inaugural event ceremony.

“The talented and often unsung individuals inspire and motivate Learners and the next generation daily, imparting key skills and knowledge whilst delivering crucial courses in the environment and land-based industries. A huge congratulations to all the brilliant and well-deserved nominees and winners!”

Sam Jones of SCJ Training, winner of the excellence in ground-based chainsaws and outstanding contribution awards, says: “I’m so grateful to the Lantra Provider Network for voting for me in the recent Lantra instructor awards. It was even better that I actually won a couple of awards! I have been teaching chainsaw, as well as other Lantra courses, for many years and it is so fantastic to be recognised for my contribution to developing the skills of others.

“I am passionate about training and developing people. To be awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award was a real surprise to me yet a welcome one as again, my hard work behind the scenes has been recognised.”

Off Road Consultancy’s Leanne Putt also commented on the event: “We had a fantastic day and it was a great opportunity to network with other instructors and providers. It was a real surprise and an honour to have received an award. It’s nice to receive the recognition of the hard work that we all put in.

“Lantra is such a friendly and supportive environment and I look forward to seeing everyone again next year.”

Instructor Roger Madge added: “I am still on a high following the Instructor Awards on Friday. It was such a great surprise to have received an award and I am absolutely chuffed!”

Skills Category Winners (as voted for by Lantra Training Providers)

4×4 Instructor, Kevin Mann; Tractor Instructor, Gary Foster; Lift Trucks Instructor, Adrian Baugh; Tree Inspection Instructor, Guy Watson; Pesticides Instructor, Steve Watson; Pest Control Instructor, Matthew Benton; Health & Safety Instructor, Sue Mosely; Ground Based Chainsaw Instructor, Sam Jones;  Aerial Instructor, Andy Campbell; Plant and Machinery Instructor, Roger Madge; Landscape Tools Instructor, Craig Ireland  

Additional Awards (as voted for by a Lantra judging panel)

Most Skills Delivered, Rob Fletcher; Outstanding Contribution, Sam Jones: Best Newcomer, Chris Putt: Longest Serving, Edward Willmott

NOTE: Lantra is an independent, awarding and accreditation body which exists to help the land-based and environment industries meet their skills needs.

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