Scholarship success stories speak volumes

Monday, 11 March 2024

More than just a scholarship, the Pig Industry Scholarship Programme (PISP) bridges the gap between education and industry, nurturing the next generation of the pig industry.

By participating in this initiative, you can enjoy the benefits of early engagement with potential future employees while encouraging students to consider a career in the sector.

Cranswick, a first-time sponsor of PISP, was so impressed by the applicant pool for the forthcoming academic year that it increased the number of placements it planned to offer from two to three. Its experience echoes the programme’s impact – attracting top talent while nurturing future industry leaders.

The programme was developed by AHDB, the NPA Allied Industry Group (AIG) and Harper Adams University in 2012 and has seen more than 50 students agree to spend their placement year within the pig industry, with many returning to their placement company after graduation.

We encourage you to become a sponsor of PISP for the 2025–2026 academic year.

This programme is open to organisations across the sector, from farming to engineering and from food processing to manufacturing.

It is your chance to invest in the industry's growth by securing a future workforce brimming with potential.

Why get involved with the Pig Industry Scholarship Programme?

  • Gain early access to bright, motivated students eager to contribute to your organisation
  • Influence young minds and be seen as a business that cares about upskilling the next generation
  • The financial investment is comparable to advertising in the national farming press and is often tax-deductible

Nicky Campbell, Sustainable Agriculture Manager at Cranswick plc, said they were delighted to hire three students through PISP, adding:

“Previous students have always had a can-do attitude and have been willing to participate in a wide range of projects, completing them all to a high standard. We believe it is a great opportunity to give students access not only to the pig industry but also to the wider food industry, allowing them to see the breadth of career opportunities.”

Find out how to get involved with the Pig Industry Scholarship Programme