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19th June 2015, 3:51pm
Carve out a high-flying career in the food industry with new Higher Apprenticeship scheme
Students at NCFM The University of Lincoln, UK, has launched a new apprenticeship scheme to develop future stars of the UK’s multi-billion pound food industry.

The nation’s agri-food sector is constantly evolving to meet the increasing demands and tastes of a growing world population. The sector contributes more than £100bn to the national economy and employs almost four million people. More than half the food consumed in the UK is supplied domestically and around £18bn of food and drink is exported annually.

Yet despite a recognised demand for highly-skilled workers, the UK food industry is experiencing an acute shortage of technical and operations managers. In response to this, the University of Lincoln, is offering new funded Higher Apprenticeships in Food Manufacture for 2015/16. The apprenticeships can be studied part-time and will offer young people the opportunity to develop advanced technical skills required for high-flying careers in the food industry.

The University’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) based in Holbeach in southern Lincolnshire, specialises in part-time/distance learning degree courses for food industry professionals.

Supported by Cogent, the UK's strategic body for skills in the science industries, the new Higher Apprenticeship scheme is delivered in partnership with employers and will welcome its first intake in September 2015.

Sharon Green, Head of Skills and Work Based Learning at the NCFM, said: “The launch of the Higher Apprenticeships provides a platform to attract the budding stars of the future. Employers are using the scheme as a means of encouraging well qualified young people to take up careers in the sector, accentuating the appeal of a structured and fulfilling development programme which offers the opportunity to study for a degree. Several food businesses are working with the University to secure the next generation of managerial talent and the array of existing opportunities has resulted in an unprecedented level of interest from young people.”

NCFM is dedicated to supporting food industry employees to advance their careers and enabling the sector to innovate through access to its state-of-the-art facilities and expertise. The centre works with employers and partners towards this goal, aided by its partnership with leading equipment suppliers and its outstanding specialist facilities, food factory and cutting-edge automation.

The Higher Apprenticeship is a three-year programme, including the Level 3 Diploma in Proficiency in Food Industry Skills and the Foundation Degree in Food Manufacturing.

Apprentices under the age of 19 at enrolment can undertake the programme free of charge.
For further information, please contact Sharon Green on 01406 493000 or e-mail

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