Major firm backs CCEA's new GCSE in Agriculture and Land Use

Moy Park, the United Kingdom and Ireland’s leading supplier of poultry and an official sponsor of the 2014 World Cup, has endorsed a new GCSE in Agriculture and Land Use by the Council for the Curriculum, Examination and Assessment (CCEA).

The new qualification, the first of its kind in Northern Ireland, has drawn the attention of many local industries, excited to see a recognised pathway for young people considering a career in the thriving agri-food industry.

Moy Park is a company with a history of supporting learning and Mike Mullan, Moy Park’s Human Resources Director for Europe commented:

"CCEA’s GCSE in Agriculture and Land Use offers up a fascinating area of study in farming, food production and land management. Moy Park very much welcomes this new qualification and would encourage young people to pursue the course as an important step towards a career in the growing and diverse agri-food sector."

In developing this qualification, CCEA consulted widely with industry and educational groups to understand the knowledge and skills they wanted from school leavers.

CCEA’s Chief Executive Richard Hanna said:

"Northern Ireland has a strong rural tradition with the agri-food industry contributing hugely to the local economy. Almost 75 percent of land here is used for agricultural purposes, and the agri-food sector employs around 50,000 people. This new GCSE in Agriculture and Land Use has been designed with the Northern Ireland industry in mind. It provides young people with the opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge in the agri-food sector, leading to potential careers in a local environment."

CCEA’s GCSE in Agriculture and Land Use is designed to appeal, not only to young people from the changing agricultural sector, but also those who are interested in working within the wider land-based and environmental industries.

To find out more about more about this new subject and to view a range of useful resources, visit www.ccea.org.uk/agriculture_and_land_use.

Moy Park

Moy Park began as a modest farming company in 1943 in Moygashel, Country Tyrone and is now a billion pound business, employing over 12,000 people, split over 16 sites in the UK, Ireland and Europe. Supplying around 25% of the total Western European chicken parent market, Moy Park are the UK's largest producer of organic and free range chicken.

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