The three finalists for this year’s Pfizer Poultry Trainee of the Year Award, organised in conjunction with Poultry World, have been picked by their employers for their future management potential.


The youngest, Jamie Curston, has been working for the Vion Food Group for just 18 months and is responsible for its small “learner” broiler farm in Cambridgeshire.

Lianne Jackson has been with Hook 2 Sisters in South Humberside for four years and has been chosen for a trainee manager’s role. Both she and Jamie are working towards a diploma in work-based agriculture advanced apprenticeship Level 3.

Benjamin Pollard started working on one of Aviagen’s pedigree breeding units in Scotland in 2001 and was chosen to spend three months on the firm’s grandparent operation in India to broaden his experience.

The winner of the Pfizer award is chosen by Poultry World readers. Voting is open until 30 September and the winner will receive prizes worth more than £2500 at a presentation at the House of Commons in November, including £500 in cash, a night at a London hotel, and a training grant of £2000 paid to the employer.

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