BPC extends poultry scholarships

The British Poultry Council (BPC) has increased its support for Harper Adams University students, as two more companies have joined the BPC scholarships scheme.

Banham Poultry and 2 Sisters Food Group have joined the scheme, and each financial award has increased by £1,000 to £4,500 per year. The two new companies join Aviagen, Bernard Matthews Foods, Cargill Meats Europe, Faccenda Foods, Gressingham Foods, PD Hook, Kelly Turkeys and Moy Park, which already participate.

The BPC sponsors scholarships for students, who compete for awards which provide the winning scholars with funding for study and a paid placement with a partner company.

Andrew Large, chief executive of the BPC, said: “The British Poultry Council is again delighted to be working with Harper Adams University in support of the poultry scholarships.

“We attach the utmost importance to recruiting, developing and retaining the best talent into the poultry meat sector and look forward to working with our members, the scholars and Harper Adams University to offer the widest possible opportunities to experience all that the poultry sector has to offer.”

The companies will present their placement opportunities to students later in the year, ready to receive the scholars in the summer of 2015.

Harper Adams University vice-chancellor Dr David Llewellyn said: “We were delighted to learn that the BPC is expanding its support for our students. The addition of two companies to the scheme and the increase in the scholarships’ financial value are very welcome, and can only serve to enhance the scheme’s objective to draw new talent into the poultry industry.

“The scheme has been hugely successful – students who had not previously considered working in poultry have been attracted to these opportunities and have graduated determined to make their careers in the sector, many returning to their placement employer following their work experience year.”

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