The skills development program for 11/14-15 year olds recently became Business in the Community’s “Best Educational Partnership” winner for 2022.
The prize package for anyone who reaches the final stage of the competition includes a small herd of Angus crossbred calves to rear, worth around £3,500, as well as a study trip.
This year’s tour presented an inspiring experience of working from farm to fork at ABP Belgium. He started at Lismullin Cooking School in Navan with ABP Ireland and Kettyle Irish Foods.
The competition is aligned with learning outcomes in a range of GCSE subjects to support success. It gives teenagers who reach the final stage direct experience and skills in beef production.
Teams that make it to the final stage are assigned a mentor from the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise to support them in their research while they raise their calves. They also receive professional training in communication, presentation and interviewing to help prepare them for the world of work.
After submitting an application, a selection of teams will then be invited to participate in an exhibition event at Balmoral Park. An independent judging panel will judge the teams’ performances at the exhibition, to determine who will enter the finalist program and win the prizes.
At the end of the finals, a winning team will also receive a £1,000 check for their club or school.
ABP Northern Ireland Managing Director George Mullan highlighted the success of the ABP Angus Youth Challenge and the recognition ABP and its delivery partner Certified Irish Angus Producer Group received at the 2022 Responsible Business Awards.
He said: “We are delighted that the expert judges recognized the impact our initiative is having on young people. Developing and attracting skilled and talented young people to our industry is an integral part of our commitment to supporting sustainable beef production in Northern Ireland.
Meanwhile, teams from Banbridge Academy, Dalriada School Ballymoney, Cookstown High School, Friends’ School Lisburn, St Kevin’s College Lisnaskea, St Catherine’s Armagh and Newtownhamilton High School are due to complete their finalist program in October, when the winners will be announced.
Registration and participation in the ABP Angus Youth Challenge can also now be used under the skills section of the Duke of Edinburgh/Joint Award.