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The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust (LTCT) has unveiled new university and vocational bursaries for families of grocery workers in financial need, alongside its school essential grants.

The trust provides financial aid for the families of those working in the convenience, grocery, and pharmacy trades across the UK and is dedicated to supporting individuals through education, with the belief that in turn this will benefit local communities and society as a whole.

This year, it has pledged to support the families of grocery workers by contributing to the educational costs of students up to PhD level and “helping them reach their academic potential,” said the independent charity.

To be eligible, employees must be currently working and have been employed in the occupation in the UK for at least five years.

The trust has announced a new distinct charitable identity with a focus on educational support, which will be rolled out over the coming months to make it “easier to reach and engage with those who are eligible”.

Professor Anna Vignoles CBE FBA director at The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust said: “The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust has been providing financial aid for disadvantaged families in the grocery and pharmacy trades for nearly 100 years. With the importance of education at the heart of our organisation, we are now delighted to offer educational support from school to university and for a wider range of people.

“Our bursaries recognise the importance of supporting a diverse range of children and young people so that they can continue their education despite facing economic disadvantages. We firmly believe that aiding people’s educational development can not only lead to helping them to reach their academic potential, but also benefits the wider communities they live in.”

“The grocery and pharmacy trades are pillars of the UK economy and for those whose parents or families work in these trades, The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust is committed to helping them pursue their educational goals.”

You can find out more about the bursaries and grants available here