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Food college has good menu after upbeat Ofsted report

Students at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing, Holbeach, which Oftsed has rated good in all areas.  Pictured in the technical training area are (back) Mick Bunn, Steve Allen, Terry Dix, (front) Joao Leitao, Karen Wilson, Jenny Maclennan and Ashley Miller. 
Photo: SG050413-116TW.  www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto ENGANL00120130426164956

Students at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing, Holbeach, which Oftsed has rated good in all areas. Pictured in the technical training area are (back) Mick Bunn, Steve Allen, Terry Dix, (front) Joao Leitao, Karen Wilson, Jenny Maclennan and Ashley Miller. Photo: SG050413-116TW. www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto ENGANL00120130426164956

Students at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) in Holbeach are well prepared for a career in the industry, according to Ofsted.

A new report published after an inspection of the centre in Park Road judged the quality of education provided to be good in all areas.

The centre, a part of the University of Lincoln, underwent an inspection at short notice by a team of four Ofsted inpsectors in February and their findings are further good news for the NCFM after one of its students Gabrielle Smith was named an Apprentice of the Year earlier this month.

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 food sector.

“The inspectors were impressed with the level of skill and technology they observed in light of the massive technical advances that are occurring in the sector.”

An extract from the Ofsted report said: “Employers value highly the very good training their employees receive, which is designed carefully to meet the very specific needs of their businesses.”

Gillian Haythornthwaite, head of talent and development at Bakkavor Group, said: “We are committed to growing our own people and our successful partmership with the NCFM fully supports this.”

 

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