The Butchers' and Drovers' Charitable Institution (BDCI) has awarded two bursaries to students undertaking a course of study for the academic year 2015/16, which will result in a qualification related to the meat industry.

Having recently changed its status to an incorporated body, the BDCI is now offering financial support for education with the award of two annual bursaries of up to £5,000 each.

Amy HoldingAmy Holding, a student studying at Harper Adams University, is currently in her placement year with ABP and has been awarded a bursary to support her second and third years of study. Amy said: "I am thrilled to have been awarded a bursary by the BDCI. As well as supporting my studies, the grant will enable me to gain invaluable hands-on experience and further qualifications. It's fantastic knowing I have the BDCI's support to take steps towards an exciting career path."


Amer RashidThe second bursary was awarded to Amer Rashid, a postgraduate student at the University of Bristol. Amer said: "I'm so grateful for this bursary award from the BDCI, which will provide financial support to help me to complete my MSc in Meat Science and Technology. If it hadn't been for the BDCI's support, it certainly would have been a struggle to juggle my family and academic expenses. I'm now more committed than ever to securing a career in the meat industry. I'll always remember the people and organisations that have supported me along the way, in my pursuit of bettering and developing myself."

BDCI chairman, Ian Kelly, said: "We are very pleased to be able to assist these young people in their studies and help them progress in their careers in the meat industry. We are committed to assist wherever we can and education offers us the opportunity to have a lasting effect on the wellbeing of the industry."

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