ABOVE: A current APRIL Industry Placement Program awardee, Samantha Sterndale at Westpork.
The Australasian Pork Research Institute Limited is committed to enhancing the overall human capacity base for science, innovation and training in the pork industry.
To this end, APRIL is currently seeking eligible applications from anyone wishing to extend their study or training in the pork industry.
Chief executive officer Dr John Pluske said that APRIL offers a range of awards for undergraduate and post postgraduate study, as well as for the Industry Placement Program.
“The IPP is all about retaining graduates who have had support from APRIL, Pork CRC, Australian Pork Limited and or other relevant organisations, by sponsoring their placement in a commercial pork production organisation or an affiliated business in a structured and enhanced development program,” Dr Pluske said.
A successful IPP applicant will receive $75,000 over the first two years of a three-year agreement with APRIL to help cover salary and other costs associated with training an awardee for the three years.
More information on exactly how to apply can be found on the APRIL website.
With regard to undergraduate and postgraduate student support, there are a number of opportunities with varying eligibility according to the different scheme being applied for.
So, all interested people should check the guidelines and application forms on the APRIL website.
Dr Pluske said that anyone interested in welfare and tail biting is particularly encouraged to apply for an award and, if successful, they will have the opportunity to work with the Tails CRC-Project team.
“There are opportunities for Honours students, DVM undergraduate veterinary science projects and MS/MSc/MPhil students, where a research project is an incorporated component of the program of study,” Dr Pluske said.
“Invaluable applied industry training will be gained throughout the Tails Project, with around 10 students and early career researchers already contributing to various areas of research.”
All applications close on January 26, 2024 and must be lodged electronically.
The instructions are well documented on the APRIL website at apri.com.au/education-and-training-opportunities, however feel free to contact Dr John Pluske on email@example.com if you have any queries.