Thirteen Harper Adams students have been awarded scholarships and work placements by companies across the poultry industry.
Each student will receive £4,500 funding towards their tuition fees and the opportunity to spend their placement year working within a poultry business.
The companies span the entire poultry industry, from genetics firm Aviagen to integrators such as Cargill Meats Europe, Bernard Matthews and Gressingham Foods.
Faccenda Foods awarded seven scholarships, to be undertaken in different areas of the business.
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Once the placement year is completed, there is a possibility of further funding of the student’s final year.
John Reed, chairman of the British Poultry Council, which co-ordinates the scheme, said: “The scholarship programme is a great way to introduce students into the poultry industry and the many career opportunities it provides.
“Harper Adams has a proven track record in training scholars to be ready for the world of work, so we are delighted as an industry to be a part of this event.”