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The Pig Industry Scholarship Programme – which offers young entrants a career in the sector – is looking for businesses to host work placement... Farms wanted to help recruit next generation

The Pig Industry Scholarship Programme – which offers young entrants a career in the sector – is looking for businesses to host work placement students.

The programme recruits highly qualified and committed youngsters Harper Adams University into the pig industry and associated trade. It has a track record of inspiring students who might not have considered a pig-based career.

Now in its tenth year, the programme has seen more than 35 students spend their placement year within the pig industry, with many returning to their placement company after graduation.

The Pig Industry Scholarship Programme was developed by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, the National Pig Association allied industry group, and Harper Adams University in 2012.

AHDB Head of Pork Knowledge Exchange Jen Waters said: “I’m really keen to expand the number and range of businesses we work with to demonstrate to students just how many opportunities there are in the food and farming sector.

“I am keen to talk to anyone, from all ends of the supply chain – farm to supermarket shelf – who would like to take on the challenge of enthusing a student with a placement year that opens the many career options that exist within our industry.”

Pool of talent

Sponsor companies attract potential new employees from a wide pool of talent. They gain first access to students who are looking for a placement and are seen as businesses that cares about upskilling the next generation.

The programme is managed by a steering group of industry and university representatives. The initiative is chaired by National Pig Association pig industry group vice-chairman Hugh Crabtree, of Farmex.

The deadline for expressing an interest in becoming a placement farm or sponsor for the 2023/24 academic year is 5 September 2022. For more details, email jen.waters@ahdb.org.uk.