David Goodchild has been named Learner of the Year at the Lantra Cymru Wales’ Land-based Awards.
The 21-year-old from Llwyngwril, Gwynedd took the title in the ‘aged 21 and over’ category, showing initiative, skill and enthusiasm towards his studies.
While initially David had not left school with the qualifications he needed, he applied his strong work ethic towards gaining the skills and grades he required to follow a route into agricultural engineering. By first undertaking a level three diploma in land-based technology, David is now at Harper Adams studying BEng (Hons) Agricultural Engineering.
On winning the award, David said: "Of course it was a real honour and privilege to win the Lantra Award across Wales, but more so being recognised for the hard work and dedication I have put into the agricultural engineering industry and college studies.
At Harper, the approach to learning - which consists of theoretical learning supported by practical application - has affirmed to me that I'm at the right place. Its been an opportunity for me to utilise previous 'hands-on' experience to benefit in both practical and classroom lectures."
Talking about David’s success as a continual learner, the judges commented: “David epitomised a learner who had overcome some personal challenges and had used every opportunity to continue his personal development. Having left school without the qualifications to achieve his ambitions he had responded positively to a different learning environment and had progressed from Level 2 to now studying for an agricultural engineering degree.
“Through his determination and by making the most of every opportunity the panel felt that David was acquiring an ideal mix of practical skills and academic knowledge that would ensure that he would be successful in his career and he would make a valuable contribution to his chosen sector.”
Looking to the future, David is keen to continue his professional development. He aims to finish his degree, and specialise in product support; but David's ultimate goal is to return to Wales to start his own agricultural engineering business.