Pig industry scholarship returns for fourth year

The pig industry scholarship scheme is now open to recruit students for its fourth year.

The scheme involves students from Harper Adams University and is facilitated by AHDB Pork.

There are seven sponsoring companies registered this year, all returning, showing their continued support for bringing new talent into the industry. Companies taking part this year include: Provimi, ForFarmers, CEVA, Rattlerow Farms Ltd, Devenish Nutrition, Quality Equipment and AB Agri.

The scheme was initially set up to establish long-term relationships between industry and students. The scholarships include a year-long placement and the sponsoring firm may even be able to find a post for the student after they qualify.

The next step is for those seven companies to attend the scholarship fair in October, where they will, hopefully, find the students they need.

Chairman Nick Major said: In common with all industries, one of the key challenges for the pig industry is to attract and retain talented people.

The Scholarship scheme was established to demonstrate the wide range of career options available in the industry. I am delighted we are now about to start the process for the 4th year and would like to thank AHDB Pork and Harper Adams University and of course the sponsoring companies, without whom we couldnt run the scheme.

The scholarship opportunities on offer represent important areas from across the whole industry, such as nutrition, engineering and equipment, animal health and practical pig production.

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