Master Classes

NCFM Master Classes are designed to disseminate information, best practice and support on a wide range of topics to food and drink companies both nationally and internationally.

17th February, 2017

Industrial Master Class Meeting 8.30am – 10.30am

“Applications for Soft Robotics in Food Processing and Harvesting” with Dan Harburg, Director of Business Development for Soft Robotics Inc. and “Factories of the Future” with Alan Spreckley, ABB Global Industry Segment Manager responsible for Food and Beverage and Consumer Packed Goods.

This Master Class is aimed at those working within the bakery, fresh produce, and meat/fish industries but will also involve a sharing of information regarding the work that is being done around harvesting applications and the technology being developed. Alan ‘s presentation will focus on collaboration, connectivity and digitalisation showcasing the latest technology designed to provide manufacturers with the flexibility and agility they need.

Book your place with Emma, here:

1st December, 2016

Degree Apprenticeship Consultation event for employers – AN INVITATION TO TECHNICAL, QUALITY AND NDP MANAGERS/DIRECTORS 

1pm to 4pm in the Conference Room at NCFM

NCFM is consulting on its part-time provision for those working in quality/technical and NPD management roles in readiness for the launch of the new Food Industry Technical Professional Degree Apprenticeships in 2017. We are revising our current qualification offer and content in response to the introduction of the levy and the new standards and welcome the input of industry professionals as employers into this process. Please find attached information and agenda.

To confirm attendance please phone 01406 493000 or email Jean Ward (

If you are unable to attend but would appreciate an update or a separate conversation on educational reforms/the levy, we are happy to help.

Please contact Sharon Green or call 01406 493000

Thursday October 13th, 2016

The Robotic Chef April, will cook your lunch for you!

National Centre for Food Manufacturing, Park Road , Holbeach, PE12 7PT

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Thursday September 15th, 2016

Digital Technology event

09.30 Networking and Refreshments

10.00 Welcome – Martin Collison - 'Why Digital Data is Important to the Food Chain'

10.10 Simon Pearson - 'Development of Automation Enabled by Digital Technology'

10.30 Mark Swainson & Dr Duncan Rowland - 'Digital Potential for Food Traceability'                                          

11.05 Prof Andrew Fearne - 'Understanding Markets through Digital Data'

11.25 Q&A panel

12.25 Next steps

Presentation available on request from Sharon Green

Tuesday and Wednesday September 13th and 14th, 2016

Picknpack automation event

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To view past presentations, please visit our archive.

 To be added to our mailing list, please contact Sharon Green, Deputy Head (Apprenticeships and Business Partnerships), at

National Centre for Food Manufacturing, Holbeach Campus, Park Road, Holbeach, Spalding, PE12 7PT
tel: + 44 (0)1406 493000
fax: + 44 (0)1406 493030

Tuesday June 7, 2016

NFU Cyber Crime Seminar
8:00am to 10:00pm
National Centre for Food Manufacturing, Park Road , Holbeach, PE12 7PT

What is Cyber Crime ? How can I protect myself and my business from it ?

Register by email or phone at : or 01775 765578

Thursday April 28, 2016

Come and meet April – engineered by OAL
9:00am to 3:00pm
National Centre for Food Manufacturing, Park Road , Holbeach, PE12 7PT

  • Discover April, the robotic chef and how it is changing the way we manufacture food
  • Expert talks from OAL, the University of Lincoln and Kuka Robotics
  • Full system demonstration

Register at

OAL provide leading process & automation solutions to the food industry

Wednesday March 16, 2016

Apprenticeships: All Change!

Agri-Food Business Conference

Radical reforms and expansion of the apprenticeship system, including introduction of an Employer Levy, are already well underway.

As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2016, this free workshop focuses upon the implications and opportunities of these reforms for the large and small agri-food sector businesses, critical to the Greater Lincolnshire economy.


Pocklingtons Bakery 2016 (PowerPoint Presentation)

Jenny Parry Bakkavor Presentation – March 2016 (PowerPoint Presentation)

Louise Codling Addressing the Image Issue (PowerPoint Presentation)

John Myers SFA presentation (PowerPoint Presentation)

Evie Goodliffe JDM (PowerPoint Presentation) 

Roy Harper (PowerPoint Presentation)

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

sustain Lincolnshire 28 April 2015 - Meet the Experts -  Practical Advice for Lincolnshire's Small Food Companies

Wednesday 22 April 2015

Lindum Food Projects Event

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Mind the Gap - A Strategy Workshop - Closing the gap between strategy and execution

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Master Class Food Safety and Traceability

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Heat Sealability and Seal Integrity Learnshop

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Master Class Hygiene by Design

Thursday, 12 June 2014 



The UK skills agenda is undergoing radical change as the Government seeks to:

  • put employers at the helm of skills and Apprenticeships delivery
  • pass responsibility for the strategic development of the local skills infrastructure and offer across to Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPS).

The proposed changes are likely to yield both opportunities and challenges for employers and providers. This Master Class provided an opportunity to consider the potential impact of this change as well as an update of Ofsted’s requirements for employer partnered provision.

Master Class 12 June 2014

Greater Lincolnshire LEP

The Future of Funding - SG

Ofsted and Skills for Life - EP

Communication Skills and the Workforce - RB

Thursday, 15 May 2014

"Environmental Management"

A review of environmental contamination in food processing, focusing on the presence, risks and control of Listeria spp. in the process environment. Presented by EcoLab.

 Master Class 15 May 2014

Thursday, 14 November 2013

"Creating a Safety Culture"

 This Master Class explored how to create a culture through lean thinking that not only delivers increased productivity and efficiency but also encourages safer behaviour through a mixture of better processes, well trained and knowledgeable people and an environment that encourages personal responsibility for safety and excellence.  Presented by Stephen Mathur

Creating a Safety Culture flyer

Weidmuller Surge Protection Seminar

Thursday 18 July 2013

Please find below a link to the drop box account, containing the information from our Surge Protection Master Class for those who could not attend;

This session has been independently reviewed and accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers (CIBSE), to maintain their chartered status Chartered engineers are advised, to help maintain their levels of knowledge with regards to new technologies, legislation etc, that they perform continual personal development (CPD’s).

Brian Ellison is also offering to present the content of the master class free of charge on company premises or run another session here at Holbeach if we have sufficient interest again. If you would like to contact Brian directly to arrange an onsite visit, his details are attached below. If you would like another session at NCFM then let me know ( and we can plan a date perhaps in the autumn.

Brian Ellison, Functional Electronics Specialist

Weidmüller – Your partner in Industrial Connectivity

We look forward to sharing ideas with you – Let’s connect.

Phone: +44 1162 823470

Mobile: +44 7557 003161
Fax: +44 1162 821332
Email: – Web:

Work Force Cohesion 

Wednesday 27 March 2013

This session examined, from a number of perspectives including retailers, producers and education, the challenges and opportunities surrounding creating a cohesive workforce.  Speakers included Sharon Green, Head of Skills and Employer Engagement at NCFM, David Camp, Director of the Association of Labour Providers, Catherine Dishington, Ethical Trading Officer, The Co-operative Food, Rachel Bowser, Skills for Life Co-ordinator at NCFM and Stephen Mathur, Business Improvement Coach, WNM.

Effective Communication with a Multi-Language Workforce - Toolkit

Maximising Performance Through Workforce Cohesion

Uncovering Hidden Migrant Worker Maltreatment

WCA Diversity and Equality Awareness Training

Catherine Dishington - The Retailer Perspective

Increasing Levels of Cohesion - Stephen Mathur

Investigating Sustainability of Food Companies in Lincolnshire - including NPD, Packaging, Labelling and Training

Monday 21 January 2013

Delivered under the SUSTAIN Lincolnshire initiative this Master Class gave updates on new product development and TSB Innovation Vouchers (Linda McWatt, Senior Lecturer at NCFM), Packaging (Vince Dean of RPC Containers Ltd), Digital labelling (Chris Eveson of Direct Labels UK) and WRAP (Simon Drury).  Delegates had time for networking over lunch and those new to NCFM were given a guided tour of the processing areas.


RPC Presentation

WBA Presentation

Chris Eveson - Direct Labels UK - "digitally adding more shelf appeal"

Apprenticeships - All you Ever Wanted to Know

Friday 30 November 2012

The University of Lincoln hosted this event at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing for CfBT and the Work Based Academy. Ron James, CEIAG Adviser gave an update on Ofsted and Careers advice, Joyce Cooper of NACRO talked about Foundation Learning and Bev Coulson, HR Co-ordinator from QV Foods gave an employer's perspective on recruiting young people into apprenticeships.  other presentations included:

Introduction to Holbeach Campus

Apprenticeship Presentation from WBA

Useful Websites

Gabbie Smith, Advanced Apprentice - blog on NCFM Facebook

"Forever Lean"

Thursday 4 October 2012

Watson Neale & Mathur (WNM), Food Industry Business Improvement specialists, used interactive methods during the Master Class to help reveal the secrets to successful improvement that not only delivers direct business savings but which develops people and changes the culture of the organisation.

WMN Forever Lean

For further details about any of our Master Classes, or for ideas about potential topics you would like to get involved in, please contact Sharon Green, Deputy Head (Apprenticeships and Business Partnerships), at