ABP creates pathways for future career in agri-food

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WELL DONE: Celebrating career pathways into agri-food with ABP, back row from left, Queen’s University Student, Simon Dowey who has been accepted onto ABP UK’s Graduate Management Programme and Ryan McConnell who is now on his placement year at ABP. Front row, from left, this year’s ABP CAFRE Loughry Bursary Winner Danielle McGee; previous ABP Bursary winner; Queen’s University student Mei Lee who is currently on her placement year with ABP Newry and former Bursary winner Sarah Jane Huston who starts a new role with ABP in June.

THE integrated agri-business ABP, which has beef and lamb processing sites in Lurgan and Newry, is celebrating the recent success of a number of graduates and bursary winners in securing work with the company.

Student Simon Dowey, 23, from Lurgan, has been accepted onto ABP UK’s Graduate Programme. He will graduate this summer with an MSc in Food Science & Food Security from Queen’s University and is already working part-time in ABP Newry.

Mei Lee, 21, who lives in Newry and is originally from Malaysia, is currently working with ABP on her placement year from Queen’s University where she is studying for a BSc in Food Quality, Safety and Nutrition.

Previous ABP CAFRE Loughry bursary winner Sarah Jane Huston from Kilkeel is starting a job with ABP Newry in June as Technical Supervisor. Whilst last year’s bursary winner, Ryan McConnell, also from Kilkeel, is now on his placement year with the company.

Danielle McGee from Kilkeel is the most recent bursary winner from Loughry’s Food Technology Degree Course. She will start a placement year in ABP Newry in June.

Managing Director of ABP in Northern Ireland, George Mullan, who also entered the business via its graduate scheme, said: “ABP has exciting pathways for graduate talent to enter the company and progress.

“The company offers six food technical graduate jobs per year.

“It is great to see a local student successfully compete for one of those places against applications from all over the UK.

“I wish all our new colleagues every success.”

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