The pig scholarship scheme, based Harper Adams University, is going from “strength to strength” according to BPEX, who facilitate the programme in conjunction with the university.
A total of 47 student applications were received during the latest round of placeaments, up from 35 last year, with 10 companies also being involved in the scholarship process.
“Of these firms, six secured scholars for 2015 and an additional one chose to offer a placement opportunity for a second year student,” said BPEX skills development co-ordinator Sam Bowsher, adding that the spread of commercial partners included feed companies, production businesses, vet practices, breeding companies and building and technology firms.
Under the scholarship programme, companies provide a second year scholarship of £3,500 to degree students at Harper Adams and a minimum 12-month paid industrial placement. They will then also have the option to award a final year scholarship of £3,500.
“The scholarships are now well-established with both firms and students and they are all aware of the opportunities available,” said Ms Bowsher.