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Norfolk students win poultry scholarships

15:51 21 February 2014

BPC scholars, James Carter and Charles Barnes, of Harper Adams University

BPC scholars, James Carter and Charles Barnes, of Harper Adams University

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Two Norfolk students have won scholarships to pursue a career in the poultry industry.

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The British Poultry Council Scholarships, which are competitive and awarded by Shropshire-based Harper Adams University, are each worth £3,500 for two years. It also includes a guaranteed placement during the sandwich year with a sponsoring employer.

James Carter, 23, from Crimplesham, near King’s Lynn, and Charles Barnes, 22, from Melton Constable, both received awards last week.

Mr Carter, who went to Uppingham, is in the final year of an agri-business management degree, spent the 2012/13 academic year working for Bernard Matthews Foods as part of his BPC scholarship package.

“The scholarship gave me real boost in self-confidence and the opportunity to see a different industry. I am very grateful for the scholarship, it has helped hugely, not only financially but the placement was an amazing opportunity and I will, undoubtedly, use the skills that I gained in my later employment.

“I would like to thank everybody at Bernard Matthews for being so welcoming during my placement and for granting me with the scholarship, especially Andrew Sherwood and Andrew Ballantyne,” said Mr Carter.

He spent a year in the agriculture division of Bernard Matthews, gaining three months’ experience in each of breeding, breeder-rearing, commercial farms and in the hatchery. “I also attended management workshops. It was very interesting to see such a large, fully-integrated company from an internal view point.

“During the placement, I improved my animal handling skills, husbandry skills, people skills and management skills. It was brilliant placement to have due to the variety of the skills that I have learned. My ambitions are to stay within the poultry industry and work my way up within a company. I feel that the poultry industry is key to feeding the ever-growing population,” said Mr Carter.

Mr Barnes has just been selected as a scholar by West Oxfordshire-based hatchery enterprise, PD Hook.

James Hook, who heads the firm, has supported Harper Adams students before the BPC scholarships scheme was set up in 2010.

Harper Adams University Development Trust has this year awarded scholarships worth £280,000 to 98 students.

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