22nd June 2006



(Scroll down for photographs)


Food Technology students at the University of Lincoln have been showing off their hard work at an annual product launch at the Holbeach Technology Park.


Every year the Holbeach campus invites friends, family and employers to see what the Advanced Apprenticeship students have developed in the second year of their BTEC National Certificate in Food Science course.


It is judged by a panel of industry experts from new product development, production and quality assurance. Bob Jones from Improve (the sector skills council for the food and drink industry) acted as the overall judge.


The students are assessed on communication and presentation as well as their knowledge in the individual subject specialisms.


Apprenticeships are one of the most exciting development areas in the food industry. They are developed to be relevant to the needs of employers and are in-line with the requirements of the fast moving food and drink industry.


The Geest trophy for innovation was awarded to Paula Webb from Geo Adams Frampton site. The trophy was donated by Geest who have strongly supported the advanced apprenticeship scheme since it was introduced.


The launch is the culmination of two years of hard work. The students work full-time in industry and are on day-release to the campus.


Subject Leader and Senior Lecturer Sharon Dunn said: “Staff and students value the opportunity to view the assessed assignment work and to see the finished products and how they are marketed. The element of competition adds an element of fun.


“Every year the Advanced Apprenticeship scheme produces high quality students who are able to progress within their company or onto Higher Education courses. I am proud of all our students and must thank the companies which support the programme including Geo Adams, The Pizzeria and Welland Fresh Produce (Geest PLC), Del Monte and Kerry Foods.”


Photo 1 Bottom row left to right: Roberta Hipkin, Paula Webb and Amy Torgoose. Top row left to right: Stuart Seaton, Sharon Dunn, and Michelle Hollingworth.


Photo 2 Prize winner Paula Webb (Geo Adams Frampton) who was awarded the Geest cup for New Product Development


For more information contact:

Kate Strawson Press Officer

(01522) 886244 kstrawson@lincoln.ac.uk

Visit our news web pages: www.lincoln.ac.uk/news/latestnews.htm