UK - The Pig Industry Scholarship scheme is going from strength to strength, with 51 applications across eight companies securing a record of seven scholars.
The scheme was set up in 2013 and runs in conjunction with Harper Adams University, offering a scholarship and placement opportunity to FdSc and BSc students.
It demonstrates to students the wide range of opportunities within the pig sector, with nutrition, genetics, engineering and animal health companies offering scholarships.
A scholarship fair was held at the university in October, where students could meet companies for the first time and find out what opportunities were available.
NPA policy services officer Lizzie Wilson said: “Students came to the fair knowing all about the scheme and were enthusiastic about finding out more from the companies.”
The three inaugural 2013 scholars are now back studying in their final year and a further five from 2014 are undertaking their placement this year.
AHDB Pork skills development coordinator Samantha Bowsher said: “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 rejoining their sponsoring company as graduates next year.”
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