Level 4 and Level 5 Higher Apprenticeships

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Higher Apprenticeships 

Our Level 5 Apprenticeships give individuals the chance to enter higher education and to enhance their career prospects within the food and drink industry.

The Food and Drink Engineer is a 3 year programme and typical job titles include Food and Drink Mechanical Engineer, Food and Drink Electrical Engineer, Continuous Improvement Food and Drink Engineer, and Food and Drink Reliability Engineer.

We also offer 2 year Higher Education Certificates for the food and drink industry as part of the Operations/Departmental manager standard which have been carefully designed to develop core skills, knowledge and behaviors linked to a range of job roles. Individuals can choose from: Quality and Technical Management; Manufacturing and Operations; Operations and Supply Chain Management and Agri Produce.

NCFM deliver an Operations/Departmental Manager Apprenticeship route with the Institute of Leadership and Management Diploma at Level 5. This is designed and contextualised for practising food sector middle managers, helping them to develop their skills and experience, improve performance, and prepare for senior management responsibilities.

The suite of Higher Apprenticeships offered by NCFM is further complimented by the Level 4 Hygiene Specialist standard. As a pre-requisite activity for all food and drink businesses, the hygiene specialist standard is designed by industry, for those individuals who provide the expertise and specialist management and leadership skills for setting, maintaining, and implementing effective and efficient hygiene management systems, through working with senior technical, production, and operational teams across the organisation. Suitable for those working in and leading hygiene teams, including: Hygiene compliance managers, Hygiene managers, Hygiene supervisors, and Hygiene team and process leaders.

Upon completion individuals may be able to progress to a Degree Apprenticeship, with potential promotion opportunities available for a variety of roles including roles such as Engineering Management, Technical Management, Quality Management, Process Development or New Product Development, Production Management, Supply Chain Management and more.

Levy Paying Employers

Apprenticeship Charges for Employers Accessing Open Provision

Levy Paying Employers – Funding Bands

Apprenticeship frameworks and standards are assigned to a funding band by the Government. Charges are listed below for Apprenticeships underpinned by standards. These are subject to any changes made by the Government to published funding rates as defined here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeship-funding-bands.

For further information on NCFM’s charges for Apprenticeship provision please contact Sharon Green on shgreen@lincoln.ac.uk or call 01406 493000. 

LevelDurationProgrammeBand Maximum /Charge
7 2-2.5 years Master’s Degree Apprenticeship - underpinned by MSc £18,000
6 4 years Degree Apprenticeship - underpinned by BSc (Hons) £27,000
6 18-24 months Degree Apprenticeship – ‘top up’ from Foundation Degree Charge - £14,000
5 3 years Higher Apprenticeships £27,000


Non-Levy Paying Employers

Non-Levy Paying Employers should contact the National Centre for Food Manufacturing directly to check the availability of Education and Skills Funding Agency funded Apprenticeship places for smaller employers. Where funded places are available, eligible businesses are required to contribute to 10% of the above charge. There is an exception for businesses employing fewer than 50 people where Apprentices aged 16 to 18 at the start of their programme can be fully funded.

From April 2019 for new apprentices starting a programme non-levy paying employers will share the cost of training and assessing their apprentices with government - this is called ‘co-investment’. You will now pay 5% towards the cost of apprenticeship training. The government will pay the rest (95%) up to the funding band maximum. If you are an employer with less than 50 employees and the Apprentice has been in the care of the local authority, meeting certain criteria, and/or has an Educational and Health Plan, you may be eligible for full costs.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages.

Self Funded and Non-Levy Students

A number of our programmes are also available as stand-alone qualifications to provide access to non-levy funded or self-funded students.

Find out more: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/holbeach/degreefoundationcourses/

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The Centre of Excellence in Agri-food Technology, Holbeach, Spalding PE12 7LD

T: 01406 493000
E: ncfm@lincoln.ac.uk

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