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‘It has given me the confidence and drive to believe in myself’

College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) student, Molly Bradley could not be prouder, having been awarded ‘Overall Outstanding Achiever’ in the finals of this year’s ABP Angus Youth Challenge.

Molly’s journey through the competition began as a Year 11 pupil at Aughnacloy College.

The knowledge and hands-on experience she gained from taking part in ABP’s Youth Challenge, along with a strong set of GCSE results, put Molly in a perfect position to pursue her chosen study pathway with CAFRE.

Two years on, she has completed the first year of the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Agriculture, Molly. She is about to embark on a one-year sandwich placement in dairying with the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI).

ABP Angus Youth Challenge

On receiving her award, Molly said: “The ABP Angus Youth Challenge has given me the opportunity of a lifetime.”

“I am very thankful for it. It has given me the confidence and drive to believe in myself, helped me improve my teamwork and presentation skills, and it has led me to CAFRE to study agriculture, something that I love and am passionate about.”

“ABP’s Angus Youth Challenge helped me to learn more about the ‘farm to fork’ aspects of farming and about all the different career routes that you can follow in the agri-food sector.”

“It also gave me the skills and confidence to thrive on the study pathway that I have chosen with CAFRE. I have just finished the first year of my course at Greenmount and have loved every minute of it!”

“The lecturers have given me so much support and guidance. The ‘learning by doing’ approach allows me to gain so much more knowledge and experience, which definitely helps my studies. Amongst stiff competition, I’m very proud of this award, and I am excited about what the future holds for me.”

Nurture young talent

Congratulating Molly on her achievements, College Director, Martin McKendry said: “I am delighted that Molly has been awarded Overall Outstanding Achiever for the 2019 class.”
“The ABP Angus Youth Challenge is a fantastic initiative which develops life skills at an early age.”

CAFRE is proud to support the project and nurture young talent wishing to pursue a career in the agri-food industry. Molly is a perfect example of someone with that desire where she has progressed to study at CAFRE. We are very proud of her achievements.”

By Liz Simpson, CAFRE Education Adviser

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