UK looking for pig farms to encourage the next generation

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In the UK, the Pig Industry Scholarship Programme (PISP) is recruiting pig industry companies to recruit and train the next generation, according to

UK businesses wanting to help young people get a foothold in the pig sector can apply until 2 September

So far, more than 50 students have completed placements in the sector through the programme, with many returning to the placement company on graduation.The PISP programme was developed by the AHDB, the National Pig Association and Harper Adams University in 2012 and is now open for recruitment again.

Under this programme, sponsoring companies have priority to recruit Harper Adams University students seeking internships. UK food manufacturer „Cranswick“, which has participated in the PISP programme, said that its apprentices were always positive.

„They have been happy to take part in various projects and have done them all to a high standard, and our current student is no exception - she has been a great addition to the team“," said the company. „This is a great opportunity to give students an insight into the wider food industry, not just pigs, and to show them the variety of career opportunities available. The students work in one team but also travel throughout the company, giving them responsibility and exposure to the wider food and farming industry."

Sponsorships are currently being sought for the 2025-2026 academic year and the deadline for expressions of interest is 2 September 2024.