10 September 2020 Eleven students interested in a career in the red meat industry have recently spent a day in Wellington learning about the sector.
Every year, the Meat Industry Association (MIA) offers a number of undergraduate and post-graduate scholarships, worth $5,000 and $10,000 respectively, to encourage young people in studies that meet the wide range of opportunities that the industry can offer as a career.
The students from across the country heard from those starting out in their careers and expert speakers on a range of industry topics including trade, food safety, nutrition, science and engineering.
Sirma Karapeeva, chief executive of the MIA, said the visit to Wellington was part of a mentoring and networking support programme that MIA has developed for the scholars.
“The initiative was a great opportunity for potential future leaders of the industry to meet and hear from the organisations that take New Zealand’s red meat to the world.
“Many of our scholars are already making a valuable contribution to the industry through research projects or undertaking part-time work.
“Our scholars are studying across many different fields. The industry offers a wide-range of opportunities and needs highly skilled people, from food sciences and engineering, through to environmental science, international marketing, process design and many other disciplines.
“MIA scholars are an enthusiastic group of young people, passionate about their areas of study and research and this was a great opportunity for them to network and learn more about the sector to help them decide the direction of their future careers.”
The speakers were from a range of organisation including the Ministry for Primary Industries, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Beef + Lamb NZ, AgResearch and Taylor Preston.
The scholars visited Wellington on September 8
The 2020 scholars are:
Scholars who did not make it for the event
MIA is now inviting applications for its 2021 programme.
For more details on MIA scholarships, please see www.mia.co.nz.