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Sugar Industry Programme application process now open

2 August 2021

Applications for the 2021/22 Sugar Industry Programme are open from 1st August – 24th September.  


We are delighted to launch the 11th Sugar Industry Programme for 2021/22.

The Sugar Industry Programme is jointly funded by NFU Sugar and British Sugar and provides a fantastic opportunity for any grower or industry professional who wishes to learn more about the British beet sugar industry and develop their professional skills.

The programme provides the participants with a 360-degree view of the industry, making it a fantastic opportunity for growers working or returning to a beet growing businesses, alongside industry professionals that have an interest in the sugar beet industry.

From seed breeding to parliamentary lobbying within Westminster, the programme highlights all parts of the supply chain from production to regulation. Participants will also gain the opportunity to meet with Members of Parliament, visit a farm to discuss best practice, gain insight on upcoming varieties from a seed breeder, all this alongside visits to British Sugar’s Wissington Factory, BBRO, Germains Seed Technology and NFU Conference.

Alongside the scheduled visits, participants will get key personal development opportunities such as:

  • media training
  • social media training
  • presentation training

The programme is shown below:

SIP Programme 2021/22



Media training, social media training, Germains tour (overnight stay)

Kings Lynn, Norfolk

18th and 19th November 2021

Wissington Factory tour

Wissington, Norfolk

24th November 2021

British Beet Research Organisation (BBRO) visit

Norwich, Norfolk

7th December 2021

KWS visit (overnight stay)

Thriplow, Cambridgeshire

19th and 20th January 2022

Westminster visit, including a visit to Parliament (overnight stay)

Westminster, London

31st January and 1st February 2022

NFU Conference (overnight stay)


22nd and 23rd February 2022

Presentation training, NFU HQ tour, farewell (overnight stay)

Stoneleigh, Warwickshire

7th and 8th March 2022

How to apply

If you would like to participate, please send your CV and a covering letter telling us about yourself and why you would like to take part to

Applications close on 24 September 2021.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible, as spaces are limited.

If you wish to discuss the opportunity before applying, contact Charlie Parkin, NFU Sugar Adviser, via the above email address.

The programme is jointly funded by NFU Sugar and British Sugar. Please note that the schedule is subject to change. If you are accepted on to the programme you are expected to attend every event.