I am currently on my third year of my undergraduate degree at Harper Adams University, studying Food Technology and Product Development. The third year of my degree requires a year-long industry placement which I am completing at Dalehead Foods, a division of Tulip Ltd.
I am now nine months into my placement, and I am absolutely loving it! I am working in the New Product Development team at the Linton site with a fantastic team who have given me the opportunity to build great working relationships with key suppliers and customers and allowed me to get involved with a wide range of projects.
My proudest moment so far is being awarded the Butchers and Drovers Charitable Institute Bursary. This has not only boosted my self-confidence, but has also reduced my financial worries, enabling me to focus harder on my studies. I feel both honoured and extremely grateful to the BDCI to have received such a prestigious award.
My future aspiration is to gain further experience in the meat retail industry, before hopefully one day returning to take over the family business, O.E Metcalfe Butchers. The family business is based in the rural market town of Llanrwst, Conwy Valley, North Wales and is considered one of the top butcher’s shop in the region. I’d also like to continue the support that I have received, by providing employment opportunities within the food industry for young people.
I would like to thank everyone at Tulip Ltd and Dalehead Foods, especially the New Product Development team for all the opportunities and experience I have gained during the last nine months. With your support I feel like I have grown as an individual and had the opportunity to apply principles learnt in lectures to real life situations.