Recruitment is now underway for the 2017-2018 Sugar Industry Programme.
The ‘SIP’ offers selected growers a fantastic opportunity to better understand the UK Sugar industry in its entirety. Now in its eighth year, the SIP will once again consist of several visits. Those include trips to Germains Seed Technology, a British Sugar factory, the BBRO, Westminster, SESVanderHave, NFU Conference and NFU HQ. Training is also given in presentation and media skills.
The programme will take place between November 2017 and March 2018, and requires a number of overnight stays. The SIP is funded by NFU Sugar and British Sugar, including travel and accommodation costs, and will contribute BASIS points. Successful applicants are expected to attend all events.
How to apply
This year's dates (subject to change):
Opening event and media training (overnight stay). Duke's Head Hotel, King's Lynn.
Media trainer Graham Percy worked for the BBC for many years and he will focus his training on the best way to deal with TV and radio interviews. The SIP will be joined for dinner by key players from the NFU and British Sugar as well as Germains.
Germains Seed Technology Visit
Germains coat and pellet all the UK sugar beet seed and will show the SIP their research facility in Kings Lynn and discuss their priorities for future research.
British Sugar factory tour (Wissington) and industry presentations.
As well as having the opportunity to hear presentations from the key players in British Sugar, the SIP will have a behind the scenes tour of the largest sugar beet factory in the UK.
British Beet Research Organisation, Norwich.
This visit will illustrate the latest research and development in UK Sugar Beet and allow the SIP to discuss the priorities with the key scientists in the British Beet Research Organisation.
Westminster- Parliamentary Reception, House of Commons, Houses of Parliament and presentations from the UK Sugar Industry (overnight stay).
The SIP participants will host in conjunction with Lucy Frazer MP a Parliamentary Reception within the House of Commons. The visit will also include presentations from a series of respected speakers across the sugar sector including government and the sugar trade.
SESVanderHave Research Facilities, Belgium
An opportunity to take a tour of the SESVanderHave Research Facilities in Belgium. The trip includes an overnight stay, with the SIP being joined for dinner by key speakers from Brussels.
NFU Conference (overnight stay). ICC Birmingham.
The NFU conference is the biggest annual conference for farmers in the UK and is attended by over a thousand farmers every year as well as the key decision makers in the industry.
Presentation training and closing event (overnight stay)- NFU Headquarters Stoneleigh.
Presentation training is done with Tessa Morton, who has previously worked with the NFU as well as corporate bodies such as Coca-Cola, Audi, Barclays and British Airways.