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Meeting the Needs of Employers

The National Centre for Food Manufacturing is seen as a national exemplar for its innovative apprenticeship provision and commitment to partnering with employers to develop and deliver apprenticeships to meet their needs.

We aim to provide the best experience for apprentices through flexible delivery and innovative teaching and learning, and have worked with employers and the Trailblazer Groups to be able to offer a comprehensive range of new standards including the sector’s first Higher Level and Degree Apprenticeships. 

Support for Functional Skills enables apprentices to advance their maths and English and attain the Functional Skills required by the relevant apprenticeship standard where needed. Our blend of Further and Higher Education for the food industry provides employers with access to apprenticeships from Levels 2 to 7 and a ‘one-stop shop’ through which they can meet the skills development needs of their employees.

Level 7 Two Block Level 7 Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeships

These programmes are aimed at food industry professionals who in or progressing into senior leaderships roles in operations, supply chain, or technical functions. The apprenticeship is suitable for senior leaders in organisations of all sizes in the private, public, or third sector.

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Level 6 Two Block Level 6 Degree Apprenticeships

Degree Apprenticeships can be accessed by school and college leavers, or employees already in employment. Individuals who hold relevant modules from a Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma can progress onto a Degree Apprenticeship “top up”.

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Level 5 Two Block Level 5 Higher Apprenticeships

Higher Apprenticeships are suitable for school or college leavers and employers already in employment. Higher Apprenticeships are designed to train individuals for a particular job, or for a specific role within a company. Individuals may choose to progress from an Advanced Apprenticeship.

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Level 2 and 3 Spotlight Level 2 and 3 Apprenticeships and Advanced Apprenticeships

These apprenticeships offer on-the-job learning that can benefit both the employer and the employee. Some apprentices are recruited to work in entry level roles within a business with or without formal qualifications, whilst others are more experienced staff who are looking to progress their careers.

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Work With Us

We have worked with employers in the food industry for many years to develop training and educational provision to meet their needs. Apprenticeships are our forte and there has never been a better time for employers to take advantage of apprenticeships to increase productivity and performance by attracting and developing the very best talent and enabling them to nurture the talent within their business at every level.

Whether you want to help your employees get a foot on the career development ladder or you are aiming to fill a high level skills gap by attracting high-caliber new recruits or training existing employees, we can help. With our extensive experience of working with employers to deliver apprenticeship schemes, we are able to advise employers on the new standards and qualifications and assist in matching standards to job roles and planning apprenticeships schemes.

As a national hub for food sector skills development, NCFM has specialist technical facilities including a dedicated food factory with full-scale and pilot plant, food chemistry and microbiology laboratories, test kitchen, sensory suite, and a technical library specific to the needs of food industry apprentices.

The NCFM is a trusted partner of 250 UK food business when it comes to meeting the skills development needs of their employees, and we deliver apprenticeships with many leading food businesses. Our partners include Addo Food Group, Bakkavor, Bidfood, Dalehead Foods, Summers Butchery Services, Greencore Group, Tulip, Dovecote Park, Freshtime, Finlays, JDM Food Group, Kerry, Nestle, Worldwide Fruit, University Academy Holbeach, Produce World Group, J.O. Sims Ltd, Greenvale AP, FreshLinc, Ripe Now, and Lincolnshire Field Products.

Supporting Apprenticeship Recuitment

We are able to offer advice to employers on apprenticeship recruitment and the help businesses to successfully recruit to vacancies. If you are looking for an apprentice, get in touch and we can help with your vacancy requirements by offering advice and posting your vacancy on websites including Recruit an ApprenticeThe National Skills Academy for Food and Drink Tasty Careers, and UCAS Apprenticeship Jobs.

We will also promote your vacancy to young people in the various schools with who we routinely engage to raise awareness of career opportunities in the Food Industry. We are also happy to take some of the administrative burden off you and can help with shortlisting candidates, preparing and administering the relevant paperwork, and supporting the interview and selection process.

Once the successful apprentices has been recruited, we can help employers to choose the right training and delivery arrangements to suit both the employer and apprentice, and we can make induction arrangements with all parties to ensure the apprenticeship gets off to a good start for all involved.

We are also able to offer advice on funding and queries relating to the Apprenticeship Levy.

CIPD Guide to the Levy

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Contact Us

National Centre for Food Manufacturing

T: 01406 493000
E: ncfm@lincoln.ac.uk

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University of Lincoln
Park Road
Holbeach
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