14th October 2005

 

CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR FOOD INDUSTRY

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A new training centre for the food industry in south Lincolnshire has been officially granted its status as a Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE).

 

Roger Begy, Chairman of the Lincolnshire & Rutland Learning & Skills Council, presented a plaque to John Godfrey, Chairman of the Governors at the University of Lincoln, at a special event yesterday (Thursday).

 

The £2.8 million Holbeach Technology Park opened a year ago as the result of a collaboration between the university and Lincolnshire County Council.

 

The facility now holds CoVE status in food manufacture and currently supports over 3,000 part-time students representing 96 companies including 32 multinational, multi-site organisations and 64 small to medium-sized enterprises.

 

CoVEs are specialist areas of vocational provision designated by the Learning and Skills Council which aim to produce appropriately qualified and skilled workers with employment and career prospects which meet the needs of the economy.

 

“This is a brilliant facility but it’s the people that make it what it is, not just the equipment that’s here,” Mr Begy told invited guests at the ceremony.

 

“The University of Lincoln is the only university in the East Midlands that has two CoVES, and that speaks volumes for the university and its attitude towards skills and training.

 

“The most important thing is that the university has forged partnerships with employers, which is fundamental.”

 

Among others to speak at the ceremony were Steve Broadbent, General Manager of Geest’s Welland Fresh Foods and Director of the Spalding site, Steve Quilt, Key Account Manager at Ishida Europe and David Tournay, Operations Manager at Improve, the sector skills council for the food manufacturing sector.

 

“We now have at Holbeach a training facility which I believe to be one of the best in the country and which will enable employers to develop their own technical operators technologists and managers of the future supporting  the success of the food industry in Lincolnshire and the East Midlands,” said Val Braybrooks, Director of the Holbeach campus.

 

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Caption: (left to right) John Godfrey, Chairman of the Governors at the University of Lincoln, Roger Begy, Chairman of the Lincolnshire & Rutland Learning & Skills Council, Professor David Chiddick, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln, and Val Braybrooks, Director of the Holbeach campus.

 

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01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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