8th May 2007

 

NEW CENTRE TO BENEFIT FOOD MANUFACTURING SECTOR

 

The second stage of construction has now started on the £3.3 million Training and Research Centre that will benefit the food manufacturing sector in the East Midlands.

 

The project based at the University of Lincoln’s Holbeach campus is a collaborative venture between Lincolnshire County Council and the university. A special turf cutting event marked the occasion with many partners attending.

 

The new scheme comprises the construction of two new workspaces, the larger being a dedicated teaching and learning centre for the food sector. The centre will offer a range of academic programming whilst promoting partnerships with regional industry operators.

 

Phase two will build on the success of phase one by increasing the range of training and research opportunities. It will further address the demand for support with innovation and the shortage of skilled operators and managers with the food manufacturing sector.

 

Val Braybrooks, Holbeach Campus Director, said: “Phase two will complement the current facilities and provision to provide an outstanding facility in support of the sectors need for higher level skills development, access to research, the latest technologies and innovation.

 

“The facility will also enhance our partnership working with schools so that we can begin to seriously address the shortage of young people seeking to develop their careers within the sector.”

 

Professor David Chiddick, Vice-Chancellor for the university, said: “Holbeach is a perfect example of developing an industry and making it more competitive. By working together this industry has become competitive worldwide.”

 

Councillor Julia Taylor, County Councillor for Holbeach for 18 years, said: “Phase one has gone extremely well and I look forward to phase two. This development has put Holbeach on the map and I am very pleased to be associated with it.”

 

For more information please contact Val Braybrooks by emailing vbraybrooks@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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Notes to Editors:

·         A £3 million redevelopment three years ago sponsored by regional partners, transformed Holbeach campus into a state-of-the-art training and educational resource delivering vocational further and higher education and business services for the sector.

·         Employer members of the partnership of the partnership include Moy Park, Bakkover, Geo Adams, Premier and QV Foods.

·         Equipment suppliers sponsoring the project include Ishida Europe, Tendering Pacific/PBI Dan Sensor, Turbo Systems and Ecolab.

·         The university’s provision at Holbeach holds the specialist status of National Centre of Excellence for the Chilled Ready Meal sector within the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink Manufacturing.

 

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