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Holbeach Campus helps companies train staff for future

22 June 2010

The University of Lincoln’s part-time Foundation Degree in Food Manufacture is helping the food sector train up their managers and supervisors

The foundation degree is taught on a day release basis or by distance learning, with students electing to study routes in either Process and Business Improvement or Quality Assurance and Technical Management. The course was developed in partnership with employers, so delivery is flexible to suit individual organisations’ needs.

Michelle Hollingworth is one such student who has been able to reap the benefits of the programme for both herself and Bakkavor Spalding Deli, where she is employed.

Michelle started work at Bakkavor when she was 19, and was encouraged by her employer to study the BTEC Food Science and Manufacturing on a part time basis at the Holbeach campus. Completing the BTEC, and other industry qualifications including food hygiene and health and safety, provided Michelle with new skills and knowledge which led to a promotion to the role of Quality Auditor. Michelle decided to continue studying and enrolled on the Foundation Degree in Food Manufacture, which she has now completed.

Michelle says: “The foundation degree has helped me progress from the factory to the technical department, and I have applied for a supervisor role since finishing the course. It has given me more confidence in the job that I do, especially when there are problems at work because you have the knowledge to back up your decisions”.

As part of her study, Michelle was required to undertake two work-based projects, which helped her apply her learning to real work situations and provide real benefits to her employer. She says: “I worked around each department in the company during my studies, which benefited me because I got to see how each department works and comes together to produce the final product”.

Now she has completed the Foundation Degree, Michelle has set her sights on becoming a Quality Manager and is considering studying for a further two years with the University to top up her qualification to a BSc (Hons).

Factfile: Foundation Degree in Food Manufacture

Duration 2½ years (day release or distance learning)
Starts September and January
Costs £998 per year
Credits 240

Visit www.lincoln.ac.uk/holbeach to find out more.


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