Industry bursaries of £17,000 awarded to CAFRE food students

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RIGHT: Pictured from left are: Shane McKinney, Head of Food Education, CAFRE, Courtney Hoyle BSc (Hons) Food Technology student, and Mark Forsythe, Agri Business Manager with Danske Bank.

SEVENTEEN students from high-

er education food degree courses at the College of

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Agriculture, Food and Rural Enter-prise (CAFRE) were awarded industry bursaries of £1,000 each at the recent Food Bursary Awards ceremony held at CAFRE’s Loughry Campus.

The Bursary programme at CAFRE continues to grow from strength to strength and students at Loughry Campus benefited from a total bursary fund of £17,000 this year.

Many of the bursaries also include a placement experience with the industry sponsor, which really helps to provide CAFRE students with a competitive edge.

Speaking at the event Martin McKendry, CAFRE Director, praised the companies and organisations who demonstrated their support for the students, saying: “These companies have shown their commitment to investing in the future development of the agri-food industry by supporting students through their education programmes with financial assistance and offering work placement opportunities.

“Higher education is often expensive for students and their families and CAFRE is delighted that the agri-food industry is committed to supporting our young managers and leaders of the future through the provision of bursaries.”

This year, the sponsors that have shown their appreciation of the future talent that CAFRE is developing at Loughry Campus include: ABP Food Group, Bank of Ireland, Dale Farm Ltd, Danske Bank, Dunbia, Fane Valley/Linden Foods, First Trust Bank, Glanbia Cheese Ltd, Henderson’s Food Group, Irish Farmers Journal, Kerry Omagh, Kerry Portadown, Lakeland Dairies, Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association (NIFDA), Tyrone Farming Society, Ulster Bank and Westrock – MPS Belfast.

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If you are interested in Food Technology, Nutrition or Food Business courses, there are lots of options including alternatives to A ‘levels, Apprenticeships, Degree and Master’s programmes. Go along to Loughry Campus Open Day on Tuesday, March 31, from 3-8pm for more information.

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