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National Centre for Food Manufacturing Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

The food industry is dynamic, fast-paced and high-tech and these apprenticeships offer students an opportunity to develop their careers in this sector. Higher and Degree Apprenticeships can provide a pathway for students looking for a rewarding STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) career while working and learning at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing in Holbeach.

Our Higher and Degree level Apprenticeships have been are developed in partnership with employers to help address the growing need for higher level skills as the industry embraces advances in technology and science. Higher and Degree Apprenticeship provide employers with the opportunities to both enhance the skills of their existing employees and provide stimulating career development opportunities for new recruits into the sector, including  young people wanting to pursue a rewarding STEM career in this dynamic industry.

Our Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

The Centre offers opportunities to gain qualifications in the fields of Food Science and Technology, Food Engineering and Food Manufacturing Management. Higher and Degree Apprenticeships are usually underpinned by the following qualifications: Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship – Foundation Degree and Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship – BSc (Hons).


Professional Technical:

Qualification: BSc (Hons) Food Science and Technology

Laboratory Scientist

QualificationFdSc Food Science and Technology

CMDA (Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship)

Qualifcation:  BSc (Hons) Food and Drink Operations and Manufacturing Management or BSc (Hons) Food Operations & Supply Chain Management or BSc (Hons) Agri-Produce & Supply Chain Management

Departmental Manager

Qualifcation: FdSc Food and Drink Operations and Manufacturing Management or FdSc Food Operations & Supply Chain Management or FdSc Agri-Produce & Supply Chain Management


Please note we will also be offering Food Engineering (From September 2018) - information will be published shortly.

How You Study

Our programmes are a combination of on-the-job learning and part-time study at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing, with delivery consisting of attended learning through block release and distance learning study. The courses aim to provide comprehensive work-based training schemes for people wishing to develop their career in the food manufacturing industry, complemented by ‘off the job’ learning to develop the supervisors, managers and technologists of the future.

Delivery and Duration

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships offer high quality workplace training complemented by part-time, flexible degree level study. NCFM’s Degree Apprenticeships (Level 6) are 4 years in duration and embed a BSc (Hons) degree, whilst Higher Apprenticeships (Level 5) are 2.7 years and embed a Science Foundation Degree. These are often used to aid progression into the Degree Apprenticeship. As well as completing the relevant degree, apprentices must attain (or already hold) Functional Skills in maths and English at Level 2 and successfully complete the independent Apprenticeship Endpoint assessment at the end of their Apprenticeship. NCFM’s degrees are delivered through a blend of distance learning and block release attendance with apprentices normally attending the campus for 3 week blocks of 1 week duration a year.

Our Team

Apprentices are supported by a well-qualified team, with years of food industry experience between them who have the welfare and success of our apprentices at the heart of everything we do. Whether you are a sector professional returning to education after a number of years or you have recently left education and are newly embarked on a food industry career – you are in safe hands.

Career Opportunities

The University of Lincoln aims to provide apprentices with a sought-after combination of industry experience, technical knowledge and skills to prepare them for a range of career opportunities which will be dependent upon the chosen Higher or Degree Apprenticeship pathway.

Students who choose Food Science and Technology can develop the skills and knowledge needed to be a leader in technical and quality management or in new product and process development. Food Engineering students have the opportunity to develop the technical knowledge needed for a successful career in a sector which is highly automated. Food Manufacturing Management apprentices can specialise for an operations management role spanning a range of areas, including factory or supply chain management.

How to Apply

Applications are usually made directly through an employer's website. There are a number of useful sites which can help with finding apprenticeship opportunities:

Gov.uk Appenticeship Search

UCAS Careers Apprenticeship Search

Tasty Careers Job Search


Contact Us

If you would like further advice and information on Higher and Degree Apprenticeships:

Call 01406 493000 or email us at: ncfm@lincoln.ac.uk

National Centre for Food Manufacturing, Holbeach Campus, Park Road, Holbeach, Spalding, PE12 7PT
email: ncfm@lincoln.ac.uk
tel: + 44 (0)1406 493000
fax: + 44 (0)1406 493030