A new student scholarship scheme will be launched mid-May by the UK’s Harper Adams University College in conjunction with the country’s poultry industry.

The scheme brings together a number of employers who will support students by paying up to two years of fees for their higher education course at Harper Adams and provide them with a paid position for their compulsory work placement year.

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Harper Adams principal Dr David Llewellyn commented: “We are committed to encouraging young people to consider a career in the poultry sector, where there are good prospects and a stimulating business environment that will require a good supply of capable managers and future leaders.”

The initiative is expected to improve the flow of graduates into the sector, where there is currently a skills gap.