AVI’s Community Trust believes that it is crucial to fund deserving children from disadvantaged backgrounds with bursaries to further their education at a tertiary institution. In 2012 AVI sponsored 19 students to study at various universities and universities of technology. Fields of study were chosen on the basis of where we experience skills shortages, which include the fields of commerce, marketing, engineering and food sciences. It is our intention to include those deserving students in a graduate employment programme. We are fostering the AVI brand as an employer of choice through this initiative.