Scholarship scheme hailed a success

The Pig Industry Scholarship scheme has approved its record number of scholars. Of the 51 applicants, seven have been accepted onto the scheme. 

Set up in 2013 in conjunction with Harper Adams University, the scheme is now in its third year. Its purpose is to deliver a scholarship and placement opportunity to FdSc and BSc students.

It offers students a variety of opportunities within the pig sector. Nutrition, genetics, engineering and animal health companies are all on the receiving end of scholarships.

Promoting the industry, a scholarship fair was held at Harper Adams in October, which provided students with the opportunity to meet companies and find out what career options are available.

“Students came to the fair knowing all about the scheme and were enthusiastic about finding out more from the companies,” said National Pig Association (NPA) policy services officer Lizzie Wilson.

The three original scholars from 2013 are now back studying in their final year, with a further five undertaking a placement this year.

AHDB Pork skills development coordinator Samantha Bowsher explained that the scholarships presents the chance for students to gain an understanding into the industry on a professional level: “The scholarship opportunities provide students with a taste of the industry and a chance to build connections. It’s great to see two of our scholars re-joining the sponsoring company as graduates next year.”

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