Lidl paves the way for students’ success

Leah Hill (second left) and Gavin Boyes (third left) are pictured with Paul Gibson, Lidl Northern Ireland and Dr Karise Hutchinson.
Leah Hill (second left) and Gavin Boyes (third left) are pictured with Paul Gibson, Lidl Northern Ireland and Dr Karise Hutchinson.

Two pupils have been given the chance of university life thanks to a newly launched bursary initiative by Lidl.

Leah Hill, former pupil of Hunter House has just begun her second year of a Business with Marketing degree and Gavin Boyes, a Friends School old boy who is studying Business Management at Ulster University Business School in Coleraine will have three years of their university fees paid, receive a monthly retainer fee, avail of part-time paid work, benefit from a guaranteed paid placement year and enjoy graduate job opportunities at the end of their courses.

Paul Gibson, Sales Operation Executive, Lidl Northern Ireland, said, “At Lidl we take great pride in creating opportunities for young people to gain the experience and the support they need to launch a successful career in retail. We’re delighted to officially unveil the new ‘Lidl Bursary Initiative’ with the Ulster University Business School and to welcome Leah and Gavin to the programme.

“As our company continues to grow we’re always looking to the future and identifying the best talent is an important part of this process. “We’re thrilled to be able to provide each student with a comprehensive package which covers everything from financial support and access to their own mentor, from Lidl’s management team, to valuable work experience within the retail sector. Hopefully this bursary initiative will go a long way towards providing each person with the support they need during their time at university and we’re looking forward to working closely with them over the next few years.”

The six highly sought-after bursaries, valued at £20,000 each were allocated following an application, recruitment and interview process which was open to over 200 first year students in the Business and Enterprise Department of the Ulster University Business School based at Coleraine.