ABP Angus Youth Challenge

Pictured from left Lucy Coulter, Adrib Ahmed, Ethan Wiley and Anna Wilson from Belfast Royal Academy who were one of the fourteen teams that reached the 2020 semi-final in the ABP Angus Youth Challenge.


Business in the Community is delighted to inform you that one of our transformational members, ABP, is once again able to offer pupils aged 14-16 in Years 11 & 12, the opportunity to win a comprehensive agri-food skills development experience. ABP is a 2020 Responsible Business Champion and the ‘ABP Angus Youth Challenge’ is its flagship education partnership. It offers a host of opportunities for teenagers at a crucial stage of their education to develop skills and knowledge of the agri-food industry.

The aim of the programme is to help teenagers bridge the gap between school and the world of work. It does this in a practical and immersive way.

The competition is now open for entries from schools, clubs, societies or even a group of friends. There is flexibility to enter a team from an after-school club as well as from a particular class. More than one entry can be submitted per school. Closing date for entries is 27th November 2020.

What are the prizes:

Each team that reaches the final stage of the competition, receives 5 Aberdeen Angus Calves to rear through to finishing.

Each team is rewarded with the proceeds of the sale of their five calves to ABP.

Alongside rearing the calves, the teams participate in challenging research assignments that expand their knowledge and interest in sustainable beef production. They are also given training to enhance their work-life skills such as interview skills and presentation techniques.

One overall winning team will receive £1,000 for their school, club, or society at the end of the finalist programme.

Who should enter?

Pupils taking part to date have come both from rural and city schools. The competition does attract pupils who are studying the GCSE in Agriculture & Land Use or a BTEC in Agriculture. But the participants are interested in enhancing their CV’s for a variety of jobs and careers that the agri-food sector can offer, from food science; production; veterinary science; finance & business management to logistics and procurement.

Entrants do not have to live on a farm to take part. ABP and the Angus Producer Group will assist participants in the selection of suitable NI FQA farms. The supervising teachers in the participating schools have tended to come from within the science department or have a farming connection.

Find out what great things can happen when you take part in the ABP Angus Youth Challenge

For further details on how to enter you can contact: Gillian Allen at ABP Tel. 028 3832 3622

Further details and entry forms are available at: www.abpangusyouthchallenge.com