The Pig Business Scholarship programme, which gives trade placements for college students inside the UK, is searching for 2024/2025 sponsors to welcome newcomers to the pig sector.
The programme was developed by the Agriculture and Horticulture Growth Board (AHDB), the Nationwide Pig Affiliation (NPA) and Harper Adams College in 2012.
The programme builders are urging corporations to think about being a sponsor of the programme. These eager to develop and recruit future expertise can get entangled by making use of to turn into a 2024/2025 sponsor earlier than the deadline on thirty first August 2023. Placements will begin in the summertime of 2024.
It welcomes curiosity from all areas of the trade, together with meals processing and manufacturing and pig manufacturing. College students are given a 12 month paid placement with a companion firm, a £4,500 scholarship and a possible additional scholarship of £4,500 of their remaining yr.
The Pig Business Scholarship Programme was created with the intention of displaying trade newcomers that the pig trade is extra approachable than it could appear. AHDB stated that the sector is commonly not seen as ‘glamorous’ when in comparison with one thing just like the arable trade, however the pig trade is one in every of perseverance and resilience.
“I realise how essential it [the pig industry] is now.”
Sarah, a Harper Adams College pupil
Talking on the AHDB Meals and Farming podcast, Harper Adams College pupil Sarah talked about her expertise engaged on a specs crew inside the pig trade. She stated: “As a result of it is a massive manufacturing facility, there are such a lot of roles, and you may see how a lot everybody is required, so though I’ve joined the specs crew, I can see what one another a part of the technical crew do and I may go into that sooner or later. I realise how essential it’s now.”
AHDB stated that the advantages that sponsor corporations see embody establishing skilled relationships with college students early of their profession, being seen as a accountable, caring firm and attracting new workers.