Apply for the Sugar Industry Programme

Published 16 August 2021

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The application process for the Sugar Industry Programme 2021/22 is open from 1 August until 24 September 2021.

The Sugar Industry Programme is jointly funded by NFU Sugar and British Sugar and provides a fantastic opportunity for any grower or industry professional who wishes to learn more about the UK Sugar industry and develop their professional skills.

This will be the 11th programme that provides participants with a 360-degree view of the industry. It is a fantastic opportunity for growers working or returning to a beet growing businesses, and industry professionals who have an interest in the sugar beet industry.

A rich programme

From seed breeding to parliamentary lobbying, the programme highlights all parts of the supply chain, including production and regulation.

Participants will get the opportunity to meet with members of parliament, visit a farm to discuss best practice and gain insight on upcoming varieties from a seed breeder. There are also visits to the Wissington Factory, BBRO, Germains Seed Technology and NFU Conference.

Alongside the scheduled visits, participants will get key personal development opportunities such as:

  • Media training
  • Social media training
  • Presentation training

See programme details

18-19 November 2021
Social media training, Germains tour (overnight stay), Kings Lynn, Norfolk

24 November 2021
Wissington Factory tour, Wissington, Norfolk

7 December 2021
British Beet Research Organisation (BBRO) visit, Norwich, Norfolk

19-20 January 2022
KWS visit (overnight stay), Thriplow, Cambridgeshire

31 January 2021 - 1 February 2022
Westminster visit, including a visit to Parliament (overnight stay), Westminster, London

22-23 February 2022
NFU Conference (overnight stay), Birmingham

7-8 March 2022
Presentation training, NFU HQ tour, farewell (overnight stay). Stoneleigh, Warwickshire

How to apply

Expressions of interest must be made by Friday 27 Augustsimply email Charlie Parkin stating your intention to apply. 

Once your expression of interest has been received, NFU Sugar can support with the full application via submission of a cover letter and CV by the final closing date of 24 September. After this date, participants will be selected. 

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