Seven businesses sign up to Pig Industry Scholarship scheme

Seven sponsoring companies have signed up to this year’s Pig Industry Scholarships. 

The scheme, which involves students from Harper Adams University and is facilitated by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), aims to raise the profile of careers in the pig industry and encourage new entrants.

This year’s Pig Industry Scholarship scheme sees six previous sponsors returning for another year, as well as one new company.

The returning businesses – ABN, CEVA, Devenish Nutrition, ForFarmers, Provimi and Rattlerow Farms – are joined by Stephen Tuer Farms, which has registered for the first time.

Each business will provide paid placements to second-year BSc and first-year FdSc students at Harper Adams who are interested in a career in the pig industry.

AHDB skills development officer Samantha Bowsher said: “We are delighted to welcome all seven sponsoring companies – six of which are returning for another year, showing their continued support for bringing new talent into the industry.

“The Pig Industry Scholarship has been gaining momentum in the last two years with the scheme offering very real and ongoing opportunities for students at Harper Adams.”

Scholarship chairman Nick Major said: “We are thrilled to welcome Stephen Tuer Farms for the first year. Without our sponsoring companies this scheme wouldn’t be possible. It’s also great to see the number of production-based businesses increasing as this remains a popular area for the students.”

The Pig Industry Scholarship has secured more than 20 scholars since its inception in 2014.

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