Six Harper Adams University students are set to take one-year paid placement jobs with the food company, Faccenda, under the British Poultry Council Scholarships scheme.
All six will receive a grant of £4,500 during the current academic year with their paid placements starting in summer 2016.
The six are:
- Agriculture student, Emily Hickman, from Prestatyn, North Wales: “I wanted to undertake my placement in the poultry sector and Faccenda is a really well-known business. I knew that if I was successful in achieving the award I would be able to benefit from both the wealth of knowledge and experience I would gain in placement and the financial support.”
- Food and consumer studies student, Harriet Gregory, from Crudwell, Wiltshire: “My role will include food safety, including looking at new ideas to reduce levels of campylobacter in poultry.”
- Food and consumer studies student, Georgina Manns, from Swineshead, Lincolnshire: “I will undertake work involving new product development, adding value to products and working closely with customers. After talking to Faccenda at the scholarship fair, I was so impressed with the company. I had never thought about a career in the poultry industry. However poultry is such a popular protein source that there will never be a dull moment.”
- Food, nutrition and well-being student, Sarah Heseltine, from Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire: “I will undertake my placement year in the technical department at Faccenda. They will offer me the best opportunities to gain experience in the technical side of the food industry. Knowing past students who have also achieved the scholarship and the vast amounts of opportunities and positive feedback they gave, also swayed me towards Faccenda.”
- Agriculture with animal science student, Hayley Neale, from Much Wenlock, Shropshire: “The placement will allow me to gain experience within all parts of an integrated poultry company. I am looking forward to working on the company’s broiler farms as I already have experience on laying hen units.”
- Agriculture with animal science student, James Laaveld, from Winkleigh, Devon: “The placement offers a unique opportunity to gain experience in the poultry industry, and increases chances of employment in the sector after graduation. This experience and insight would be otherwise very difficult to attain.”