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Ofsted find "excellent partnerships" at NCFM.

The National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) has been praised for the valuable training it provides to the UK's food manufacturing workforce by the national educational watchdog, Ofsted.

As part of the University of Lincoln's Holbeach campus, the NCFM is a key training resource for food manufacturing businesses. Following an inspection of Food Apprenticeships and English Language courses at the Centre, Ofsted inspectors concluded that "employers value highly the very good training their employees receive, which is designed carefully to meet the very specific needs of their businesses; excellent partnerships with a wide range of employers are at the heart of this successful provision."

The recent Ofsted report, which returned an overall rating of "good", celebrated the fact that learners "successfully gain qualifications that have a very positive impact both on their own working conditions and job prospects, and on the effectiveness and efficiency of their employers' businesses." Many NCFM students progress into more senior roles at work or continue their studies within higher education.

With a current body of 2,500 full and part-time students, the Centre serves the UK's largest concentration of food manufacturing businesses by providing purpose-built facilities, which include a product development kitchen, food manufacturing hall, conference rooms and food microbiology and chemistry analytical labs. It works with local and national companies to undertake technical projects tackling some of the pressing challenges facing the food industry today, including new product development and factory automation.

Sharon Green, Head of Skills and Work Based Learning at the NCFM said: "We are really pleased with Ofsted's assessment of our provision, which endorses the huge effort that both the University and employers put into raising skill levels to support the massive technical advances that are occurring in the sector. The inspectors were impressed with the level of skill and technology they observed. We are very appreciative of the great support we receive from local businesses and would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you'."

The NCFM has partnerships with a number of leading food manufacturing companies and plays a key role in supporting employers who wish to cultivate talent within their businesses, and develop their own food technologists.

Employers interested in learning more about apprenticeships in Food Manufacturing, or young people and adults seeking apprenticeship opportunities can contact Sue Long at the NCFM for more information, by emailing

Contact University of Lincoln on tel 01522 882000 or visit

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Date:Jun 1, 2014
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