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Student support from a national company

Posted 30 May 2006

AN ANIMAL health company has vowed to support a student at Harper Adams University College determined to follow a career in sales.

Hampshire based company, Wessex Animal Health, have unveiled, for the first time, a scholarship for one student at the Shropshire based university college.

The UK’s leading university institution serving the rural and land-based industries was told last week the company will support a student, starting at Harper Adams in 2007, in their career for a minimum of five years.

Professor Wynne Jones, Principal of Harper Adams University College, said he was thrilled with the launch of the scholarship.

“We strongly feel the scholarship between Harper Adams and Wessex Animal Health is a way of securing suitable students for the company’s needs.

“Through the scholarship scheme we believe Wessex Animal Health can significantly benefit by securing an asset for their business and by grooming the student, have them ready to deliver immediate results to the company on graduation.

“We also feel that Wessex has the advantage and benefit of selecting the very best student in this particular field and, in turn, gain a competitive advantage which can only add to the successful future of their business.”

The successful scholarship recipient will pick up a payment of £1,000 a year during years one, two and four of their chosen course.

The student will also be employed by Wessex Animal Health during their sandwich placement year from Harper Adams.

Upon successful completion of their degree, the graduate will be offered a position at the company for a minimum of one year.

Mr Peter Barker, Managing Director of Wessex Animal Health, commented on the award: “As an employer who has struggled to find salesmen of a suitable standard within our industry we feel our best course of action is to ally ourselves with a premier agricultural establishment who can provide us with a focussed and committed employee who can succeed in today’s competitive environment.”

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