Christmas certainly arrived early when students from CAFRE’s Greenmount Campus received substantial bursaries from major agri-food and horticultural organisations.
This year’s bursaries have been generously provided by AI Services Ltd, Bank of Ireland, Calor, Cogent, Danske Bank, Darren Clarke Golf School, Dunbia, Gibson Trust, HSBC, IFJ, John Thompson and Sons Ltd, Moy Park Ltd, Thomas Henry Foundation, Tyrone Farming Society, Ulster Farmers’ Union and the Ulster Grassland Society.
As expected, there was very high competition for these £1,000 bursaries from students on the BSc Agricultural Technology, Foundation Degree in Agriculture & Rural Studies and Foundation Degree in Horticulture courses, who commenced their courses in September 2014.
Speaking at the Awards Presentation Ceremony, Mr Noel Lavery, Permanent Secretary of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, thanked the industry representatives for their generosity and willingness to support young people entering higher education within the sector.
He told the large gathering of sponsors, parents and students: “Bursary donation, particularly in the current difficult economic climate, is a tangible investment in the leaders and managers of the future.”
In response, the bursary sponsors praised the high quality of the students’ work and congratulated them on their efforts. Mr Glen Patterson, training manager, Dunbia, commented: “Young people are the life blood of our agri-food industry. This bursary scheme is a way in which businesses can make a small but important contribution to ensuring the continued supply of professional managers to the industry. We are delighted to be able to help them and wish them every success in their programmes.”
Claire Beckett, a student on the BSc Agricultural Technology programme and recipient of a bursary from The Gibson Trust, thanked the sponsors for their support. “We are very grateful to these companies for giving us this fantastic start at Greenmount. It is most encouraging that industry is willing to invest in young people embarking on a career in the land – based sector.”