Last chance to vote for Poultry Trainee award

There are less than two weeks left to vote for the winner of this year’s Pfizer Trainee of the Year Award.

Over the last four months, three finalists have been battling it out in Poultry World. First up was Tony Plaskitt, who had served eight years with the Royal Anglian Regiment and was looking for a career with a long-term future. After seeing an advert in the local evening newspaper at Scunthorpe, he has made a career in the poultry industry with Moy Park.

Second was Andrew Hall of PD Hook where a change in jobs after fire damaged the PD Hook hatchery at Gunness, near Scunthorpe, two years ago opened his eyes to new opportunities on the rearing side. He is now an established member of the rearing team.

Finally, there is Tom Neal of Cobb Europe. He saw a First Diploma in Animal Care as a route into a career, but struggled to find an opening. However, Cobb Europe was seeking additional staff to introduce a new work rota system for its breeding unit at Wretton in west Norfolk and this is how he started his career in poultry.

Now it is your chance to pick a winner from the three shortlisted finalists, but first have a look at their full profiles.

Voting is quick and easy – all you need to do is either phone (0845 4026 527), fax (0845 4026 528) or email ( stating your choice followed by your name and company. Deadline for voting is 2 October.

The award is to be given by DEFRA minister Jim Fitzpatrick at a ceremony at the House of Commons in November. The winner will also receive a £2000 training grant plus a £500 cash prize and a day and a night in London.

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