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LMC has recently expanded its education programme and offering of school cookery demonstrations to Primary Schools across Northern Ireland. The demonstrations are tailored to cover key drivers in the curriculum such as personal health and development, wellbeing and the environment around us. Pupils will learn about the farm to fork journey and get to taste NIFQA beef and lamb, some for the first time.
A key element of LMC’s education strategy is the provision of 375 beef and lamb cookery demonstrations in post primary schools across Northern Ireland. For over thirty years LMC has offered free demonstrations which complement the curriculum followed for CCEA Food and Nutrition (GCSE) and Nutrition and Food Science (A-Level). The demonstrations are completed by LMC’s expert team of qualified demonstrators who educate students on the nutritional importance, versatility and sustainability credentials of NIFQA beef and lamb.
LMC offer Meat Skills Workshops to Food and Nutrition teachers in Northern Ireland. The workshops provide an opportunity for teachers to upskill in their practical and theoretical knowledge of using beef and lamb in the classroom. The workshops showcase the versatility of NIFQA beef and lamb and encourage its use as a practical cookery lesson option and cover key topics in the CCEA Food and Nutrition syllabus such as Food Provenance and Sustainability.
Each year LMC invite pupils from across the province to enter its Meat4schools competition with a chance to win a £100 hamper filled with NIFQA beef and lamb. The competition aims to improve the availability and use of NIFQA beef and lamb in schools. The hampers encourage pupils and teachers to experiment with varying cuts of beef and lamb, and improve the synergy between LMC’s education resources and presence in schools.
LMC provide third level support through the student placement programme which is offered annually to students studying a relevant degree in food, agriculture or business. This allows LMC to engage with students who are making important career decisions and highlight opportunities in the Northern Ireland agri-food industry. The department has worked to engage with third level education students and to raise awareness about the careers available within the industry through attendance at various careers fayres.