The National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) is a major national centre of expertise in Apprenticeships at all levels for the Food Industry.

Apprenticeships are Government-backed, work-based training frameworks and standards specifically tailored to meet the skills needs of employers.

Earn while you learn

An apprenticeship is an opportunity to gain a recognised qualification whilst in employment. Apprentices may already be employed in a role relevant to their apprenticeship training or employers may be thinking of recruiting new staff and the NCFM can provide support with this process.

Anyone can become an apprentice regardless of their age.

If you are not employed or you are leaving school or college, we would encourage you to apply for an Apprenticeship, as we, together with the National Apprenticeship Service, may be able to assist in finding you a vacancy.

Most of the training is “on the job” at your workplace, giving you the opportunity to learn practical skills relevant to your role, while gaining a nationally recognised qualification. Most apprentices attend NCFM for some underpinning knowledge and Functional Skills sessions (if applicable), but this will be tailored to suit you and your employer.

Ongoing support is provided throughout the apprenticeship by Tutors and workplace Assessors. Regular monitoring reviews are carried out in the workplace to check progress against the apprentice's individual learning plan, developed in conjunction with your training coordinator or mentor.

Information for Employers

Employers partaking in the Apprenticeship scheme gain cost effective training and improve the skills of their employees. If you are a company looking at how to utilise your levy then we can help in reviewing your skills gaps and training needs.

All work places where apprentices are employed will be checked for their ability to provide an appropriate and safe working environment prior to signing up an apprentice.

What else do you need to know?

  • Qualifications can be gained from Level 2 to level 6
  • Learners can be any age
  • Employers fund your learning

Further information can also be found at:

To help you find an apprenticeship placement please visit the National Apprenticeship matching service online.

When can I start?

At level 2 and 3, (Apprenticeship and Advanced Apprenticeship) you can start on apprenticeship at any time of the year, on a flexible basis. For level 5 and 6 (Higher and Degree Apprenticeships) we usually follow the traditional academic calendar and start in September or January or each year.

Contact us for further information:

Sharon Green
+44 (0)1406 493000


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