Apply now for the 2024/25 NFU Poultry Industry Programme

12 April 2024

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The NFU Poultry Industry Programme develops the skills and knowledge of young people in the poultry sector and helps them meet other young people, gain market and supply chain insights, and learn new skills. Find out how you can get involved.

The NFU PIP (Poultry Industry Programme) is an initiative run in conjunction with feed company ABN, which aims to develop the skills and knowledge of young people in the poultry industry.

This bespoke programme comprises a series of events that allow participants to gain valuable insight into the poultry industry and collaborate and network with other young professionals.

Equipping young people with new skills

The programme aims to equip young people in the poultry sector with new skills and knowledge, which they can use to benefit their own businesses.

Key benefits include:

  • Meeting other young people in the sector and sharing experiences and best practices.
  • Gaining market insight into the different aspects of British poultry meat and egg production.
  • Learning about new skills and technologies to help develop your career.

100% of participants from the most recent programme said they would recommend the programme and found the content useful.

Developing young people

We started the programme as we recognised a need to develop young people already working within the poultry industry and broaden their knowledge.

Tom Glen, NFU Poultry Adviser, said: “It is important to engage and encourage the next generation and the NFU’s Poultry Industry Programme aims to inspire those already working within the sector to become future leaders.”

The programme is made up of a series of events lasting for one to two days over a period of approximately 12 months. The next programme will start in autumn 2024.


Cutting-edge technologies

Event topics range from improving market insight to learning about new skills and cutting-edge technologies used in the industry. Most events occur within the UK, with one trip to Europe to look at the similarities and differences in poultry production with a focus on consumer engagement.

Find out more about the previous cohort and their experience on the programme: NFU Poultry Industry Programme 2022/23

Application process

The programme is aimed at 20 to 35-year-olds who are active in the poultry sector in England or Wales. Applicants must be a member of (or employed by a member of) the NFU or NFU Cymru.

To apply for the programme, please email your CV and a short covering letter, including your (or your employer’s) NFU membership number to Tom Glen at [email protected].

Applications close on 29 May 2024, with shortlisted applicants being invited for interview in June 2024.

Diversity and inclusion

We believe the more diversity within agriculture, the more innovative and sustainable the future of farming will be. In line with our value of inclusivity, the Poultry Industry Programme has always welcomed applicants from different cultures, backgrounds and perspectives.

We especially welcome applications from people who feel their community has, so far, been underrepresented in the agriculture industry, be that in relation to (but not limited to) race, colour, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression.

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