Leading poultry breeding company, Aviagen has launched a new scholarship programme in conjunction with the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC), to encourage young people into the poultry sector.
The Aviagen UK Scholarship programme offers £3,500 in funding to a second year student, a year-long work placement within the Aviagen Group, and further funding in the final year of studies, subject to the scholar meeting certain criteria.
It comes at a time when global demand for poultrymeat is increasing across the world and offers students a unique opportunity to forge a career in a growing sector of UK agriculture.
The scholarship was launched on 19 May at SAC’s Ayr Campus by Jan Morris, human resources director at Aviagen.
“The SAC is a highly respected educational institution in the field of agriculture and we share the same passion for developing young talent in the industry,” she said.
“This programme will attract some of the best agriculture students in the country and we hope it will prompt others to consider a career in the UK poultry industry.”
Successful students will be selected in their second year of studies, after which they will be mentored by a senior Aviagen manager for a year-long work placement.
Aviagen says this aspect is especially valuable, providing hands-on experience of the variety and realities of life in the poultry industry, including working on the company’s production facilities in the UK and abroad.
SAC vice-principal David McKenzie, said the scholarship provided a great opportunity for the successful applicants to embark on an interesting and stimulating career in a dynamic industry.
“Successful students will be supported during their time at SAC by a dedicated team of poultry specialists and agricultural scientists, all passionate about their subject areas.”
Aviagen is also one of several poultry companies involved in the ‘201006″>’British Poultry Council’s Scholarship Scheme at Harper Adams University College, (PW News, March 2011).
* caption HR director at Aviagen Jan Morris (left), explains the new scholarship scheme to students Carolina Berman, Astrid Shaw and Ping Zhou, and head of avian research Nick Sparks.