First degree apprenticeships in Food Engineering, Technical Management and Operations Management
The University of Lincoln’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) will lead the pioneering project to deliver the country’s first degree apprenticeships in Food Engineering, Technical Management and Operations Management as part of a national programme to develop new opportunities for apprentices.
The new Degree Apprenticeship Food Industry Partnership brings together two centres of excellence for the food industry, and draws on the established engineering departments at the University of Lincoln and at Sheffield Hallam University.
Designed by employers, universities and professional bodies, degree apprenticeships will deliver high-tech and high level skills and offer an alternative to the traditional degree course. Bringing together university study with paid work, degree apprentices spend part of their time at university and part with their employer.
Professor Braybrooks commented: “The food and drink industry represents the single largest manufacturing sector in the UK, contributing more than £100 billion to the national economy. The sector is highly innovative and is already adopting many advanced technologies, which require ready access to higher level skills – these three new degree apprenticeships are specifically designed to address that need.”
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and many leading food businesses including Nestle, 2 Sisters Food Group, Princes and Moy Park, are directly supporting the development of these three degree apprenticeship programmes, which are being developed to tackle the higher level skills gap in food engineering, technical management and operations management.
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Employers and students wishing to find out more about the new degree apprenticeships are invited to contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone the Degree Apprenticeship Food Industry Partnership on 01406 493000.