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Meet the Winners of the 2013-2014 #UniInMyWellies Project...

 Uni In My Wellies work experience

#UniInMyWellies Winners Get Invaluable Work Opportunity at Mole Valley Farmers


Grace & Catherine won the #UniinMyWellies project for the 2013-2014 academic year and came to do their work expereince in December.


Agricultural students Grace Munro Henworth and Catherine Corbett recently undertook an exclusive, all expenses paid, three day work experience at the company’s Head Office, South Molton.  The girls were winners of Mole Valley’s ‘Uni In My Wellies’ competition, which was hotly contested by two teams of ten from Harper Adams University and The Royal Agricultural University Cirencester, (RAU). The ‘work experience that money could not buy’, was the final element of their prize, which included £150 Mole Valley Vouchers, a pair of prestigious Aigle wellies and a trophy.


The ‘Uni In My Wellies’ competition involved participants extensively trialing a pair of wellies and utilising social media, before finally reviewing them. To see the team’s inputs, see #uniinmywellies on Twitter.


The packed work programme, designed exclusively for Grace and Catherine, reflected many facets of Mole Valley Farmers’ varied £420 million business.  It included meeting senior Mole Valley Team managers to discuss the future of agriculture; visits to Huntworth Mill and the Feed Supplements sites at Bridgwater, the blending plant at Clyst St Mary and time with the Mole Care Farm Vets team.  They also learned about the Trainee Nutritionist programme before being introduced to Mole Energy, the company’s ever-growing, renewable energy business. 


Grace won the overall competition for Team Harper for her content and communication through Twitter feeds and the final review of her Dunlop wellies.  As a direct result, Grace has been made a Brand Ambassador by Dunlop. She is interested in publicity, marketing and agriculture and says:


The three days were a fantastic opportunity to understand the concept and structure of the Mole Valley business, as well as being involved in several debates, and making great industry contacts


Catherine won overall for Team Ciren, while reviewing her Seeland wellies.  Her main interests are livestock, nutrition and veterinary.  At the conclusion of her three Mole Valley days Catherine said:


It has been incredible to take part in this placement which has given me a real insight into how the company is expanding.  I am so happy to have won this competition.  Besides learning some valuable things that will help me on my course, I have had some fantastic opportunities and have taken away some very useful contacts.  Thanks Mole Valley!!


Julie Edwards, Head of Agricultural Marketing and Corporate Communications said:


At the outset of ‘Uni In My Wellies’ we wanted to create a prize that money could not buy, and Grace and Catherine have proved themselves worthy winners during their time with us.  As the Mole Valley group now ranges from Cornwall to Scotland, and includes stores, feed mills, agricultural services, green technology, animal pharmacy, vets and many other aspects, we hope that their careers will benefit from the variety of connections they have made here and the insights made available to them.  They have been a delight and I am sure that whatever path they pursue, both will make a great success of the careers they finally choose within the agricultural sector”. 


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Susi Atkinson

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