Pig Industry Scholarship

The Pig Industry Scholarship recruits highly qualified and committed young entrants into the pig industry.

The programme was developed by AHDB, the NPA allied industry group (AIG) and Harper Adams University in 2012. It is managed by a steering group of industry and university representatives and chaired by the NPA Pig Industry Group vice-chairman, Hugh Crabtree

Now in its tenth year, the programme has seen more than 37 students spend their placement year within the pig industry, with many returning to their placement company after graduation.

We are pleased to have been able to help match four companies with students as part of the 2022–23 Pig Industry Scholarship, providing students with an opportunity to explore the vast array of roles within the pig industry. In addition, eight companies have joined the programme for the 2023–24 cohort.

What are the benefits to sponsor companies?

  • Attract potential new employees from a huge pool of talent
  • Gain first access to students who are looking for a placement
  • Be seen as a business that cares about upskilling the next generation
  • Establish a relationship with a student early in their studies
  • Opportunity to appraise student during a ‘year-long interview’
  • Financial investment is comparable to advertising in the national farming press and is often tax-deductible

The deadline for expressing an interest in becoming a sponsor for 2024–2025 is 4 September 2023. Students will be starting their placements in the summer of 2024. If you are interested in getting involved in future, please get in touch.

What type of businesses can participate?

We want to demonstrate the wide variety of opportunities that the pig industry offers and we welcome interest from all areas of the industry. Including, but not limited to:

  • Engineering 
  • Food processing and manufacturing
  • Genetics
  • New product development
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Pig production
  • Transport and logistics
  • Veterinary science

What do students receive?

  • Twelve month paid placement with a partner company
  • £4,500 scholarship
  • Potential further scholarship of £4,500 in the final year (subject to review after placement period)

The scheme is open to students studying at Harper Adams University in their second year BSc and first year FdSc.

Find out more

Watch our webinar recording: Talent recruitment made easy

Listen to our podcast: How is the Pig Industry Scholarship Programme developing the next generation?

Listen to our podcast: How can we recruit new entrants to the pig industry?

Get in touch

For more information about the Pig Industry Scholarship and becoming a sponsor, get in touch with Charlotte Evans.

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Charlotte Evans

Head of Engagement (Pork)

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