ABP Angus Youth teams up with Duke of Edinburgh’s Award/Joint Award Initiative

ABP’s post primary education partnership for 14-15 year olds, the ABP Angus Youth Challenge, has been accredited as a skill for the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Bronze Gaisce – The President’s Award or Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

Organised in partnership with the NI arm of Certified Irish Angus, the competition will open again for new entries this September from groups of 14-15 year olds/Year 11 from schools, clubs and societies.  Teachers and club leaders can register interest now in taking part at www.abpangusyouthchallenge.com

Commenting on the Award link-up George Mullan Managing Director of ABP in Northern Ireland said, “We understand the detrimental impact that the pandemic has had on education and the availability of work experience. We are delighted to have accreditation now from the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award/Joint Award Initiative and we look forward to working with the NI team to inspire more young people to see the benefit of both programmes and how they complement each-other.”

Kate Thompson, DofE/JAI NI Director said: “This has been an incredibly difficult time for young people and I’m absolutely delighted that through this partnership we are able to expand the range of skills available for participants.  This is a fantastic opportunity and I would encourage all Bronze participants to enter the competition.”

The ABP Angus Youth Challenge is open to teams of 2-4 individuals. You do not have to live on a farm to take part. Entry is by way of video submission followed by shortlisting and participation in an agri-food exhibition during Halloween which will be judged by an independent panel. Four teams selected by the judges will win five Aberdeen Angus cross calves to rear and will profit from their sale to ABP. All finalists will also receive a farm-to-fork skills development experience including, training, travel and knowledge-building aligned to GCSE studies.