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Entries Open for Pfizer Poultry Trainee of Year Award

by 5m Editor
11 May 2012, at 9:31am

UK - Entries are invited for the 2012 Pfizer Poultry Trainee of the Year Awards with opportunity to win a £2000 training grant in career development.

The award, organised in association with Poultry World, is now in its sixth year and comes at a time when there is increasing interest in careers in the industry.

“The poultry industry is a major sector of UK agriculture and a big success story,” says James Porritt, poultry manager of Pfizer Animal Health for UK and Ireland. “In contrast to the situation a few years ago, more young people and their teachers and careers advisers are recognising the opportunities in the poultry industry.

“There is every chance that if you have the talent and ambition, you can work your way to a senior position in the UK or even global industry. The award is designed to provide real help in career development as well as attracting attention to prospects in the industry.”

Entries must be received by 27 July, and there is no age limit. The judging panel comprises Phil Clarke, editor of Poultry World, ADAS consultant John Newton and Pfizer’s poultry technical manager Stuart Andrews.

In September they will interview candidates chosen as the three finalists who will then attend the presentation event at the House of Commons where the winner will be announced. Hotel accommodation will be provided in London for the three finalists and their partners.

The 2010 winner, Ben Pollard is using the £2000 grant to fund an Open University management qualification and enjoying the new experience. Ben is employed by Aviagen in its pedigree breeding operation in Scotland with his duties including monitoring the performance of pedigree lines.

The 2011 winner, James Newman, of Suffolk-based duck producers Green Label Farms, is using the grant for a course organised through the Institute of Leadership & Management leading to a Level 3 Award in first line management starting in September 2012 at Bury St Edmunds.

Entry forms can also be downloaded at www.fwi.co.uk/poultrytraining They are also available from BHR Communications, The White Cottage, The Street, Long Stratton, Norwich NR15 2XJ (tel 0845 402 6527 or e-mail lyn@bhrcommunications.co.uk).