ABP Angus Youth Challenge


We are delighted to notify you in advance of the new academic year that ABP’s successful education partnership programme, the ABP Angus Youth Challenge, will open for new entries in September 2022.

Participation develops work-life skills and direct experience in the agriculture/agri-food sector for Year 11 pupils. The programme has been designed to support learning outcomes in a range of subjects including Agriculture, Home Economics, Maths, English Language, Business Studies, Geography and the Sciences. Finalist projects are linked to GCSE subjects undertaken.

Entering and taking part now also counts towards the skills section of the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Bronze Gaisce – The President’s Award or Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

Please click here to view a short video highlighting some of the benefits for participating pupils and schools. The impact teachers have witnessed range from better pupil engagement, retention and achievement. Past pupils have told us how it has been of benefit academically and personally to help them progress with their aspirations.

This downloadable leaflet provides more information on how to enter and what is involved at the various stages. There is also a poster for circulation or notice-boards. We will post hard copies of both to you again in September.

Registrations of interest can be made now or any time at: www.abpangusyouthchallenge.com

NEW UPDATE – Closing date for receipt of entries is now extended until 3rd  October 2022 at 12pm, noon. Please see the letter sent to schools from ABP here.

Should you have any queries in the meantime, please do not hesitate to make contact with us through the website.


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.

To download the poster above please click here.

Please watch the video below to find out how to register

Register Now for the Angus Youth Challenge from ABP ANGUS YOUTH CHALLENGE on Vimeo.



Kate Thompson, NI Director Duke of Edinburgh/Joint Award, Eve Murphy from St Catherine’s College Armagh and Gordon Porter from Banbridge Academy
Julie Heaney, ABP NI HR, with Gordon Porter from Banbridge Academy, Kate Thompson, NI Director Duke of Edinburgh/Joint Award, Macha McCone from St Catherine’s College, Armagh and George McWhirter of the NI arm of Certified Irish Angus.