Meat industry scholarships are to be offered by the Meat Industry Association (MIA) in order to promote a pathway for talented graduates into the industry.
The initiative will be funded by the MIA’s half share in the $4.5 million Food Innovations Training Trust (FITT), a fund administered by the Primary Industries Industry Training Organisation (PrITO). The MIA intends to run this down over a five to 10-year period to fund a new pathway for graduates and post-graduates into positions in the meat industry, explains MIA chief executive Tim Ritchie who sits on the FITT board, alongside the trade organisation’s chairman John Loughlin.
Ritchie says scholars will receive financial support during their tenure and will have the opportunity of vacation or part-time work within the New Zealand meat processing industry.
“This will cover scholars, not only from food science and engineering faculties, but also marketing and industrial design and other fields.”
The MIA’s first meat industry scholars will be selected in December 2017, to support their studies for 2018.
More information is available from the MIA firstname.lastname@example.org.