20 Apr 2022

Aviagen UK Introduces Next-Gen Scholarship to Inspire Aspiring Poultry Professionals

EMEAA Next-Gen Scholarship bannerAviagen UK will offer scholarship for Breeder and Broiler Modules of EMEAA Production Management School

EDINBURGH, Scotland. – Realizing the importance of attracting bright young people to the poultry sector, Aviagen® is committed to supporting young poultry professionals. Aviagen offers a variety of scholarships in the UK and globally, and the UK team is now proud to debut the Next-Gen Scholarship. Under this initiative, the team will sponsor two members of our next generation of aspiring poultry professionals to attend the Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia (EMEAA) Production Management School. One scholarship will be awarded for the Breeder Module, which will take place Aug. 28-Sept. 3, and one for the Broiler Module scheduled for Nov. 27-Dec. 3. Both modules will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, in person.

Mission to support and excite

The goal of the Next-Gen Scholarship is to encourage professionals who are 35 years or younger and have a passion for poultry and an ambition to develop their careers in the industry. People who are in the early stages of their career in the UK poultry industry (and have not participated in a previous Aviagen School) will have an opportunity to enrich their knowledge of broiler or breeder management; moreover, students have the unique chance to share ideas, knowledge and experiences with School tutors and participants, while networking and forming lifelong friendships.

By meeting attendees from around the globe, they will see the breadth of careers available in poultry, and the reward of building a career while making a difference in helping to feed the world. And, the end of this learning chapter will mean the beginning of a new one. Participants will be able to keep in touch with other students and tutors, while continuing the School’s valuable knowledge exchange by becoming a member of the exclusive Aviagen EMEAA Alumni.

“One of our top 5 corporate commitments is 'Transparency, communication and engagement, which is in harmony with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal of ‘Quality Education.’” The scholarship is one way we put this commitment into practice by engaging with and supporting up-and-coming talent. They are our future and the key to sustaining our industry for years to come,” commented Stuart Thomson, Head of UK Sales & Technical.

Anyone who is qualified and interested in this scholarship opportunity may apply online.

Feedback from former EMEAA School students

“The EMEAA School on “optimizing broiler performance” was pivotal for my career in the poultry industry. Through collaboration with fellow students from the UK and internationally, all with a spectrum of job roles, I worked through interactive workshops on topics such as ventilation, gut health and nutrition, all led by industry experts. We applied our knowledge to a theoretical data set and presented our findings. The combination of learning, networking and mentorship was something I will take with me for the rest of my career. ~Catherine Farrell, EMEAA School class of 2015

“The School brought expansive industry knowledge together, which was beneficial on the farm, and also helped improve my ability to structure a resilient business in the current climate. It was great to meet, share experiences and learn from like-minded people from around the world.” ~Tom Wareham, Poultry Area Manager, EC Drummond Group – class of 2017