National Centre for Food Manufacturing

Industry Approved Provider: Engineering Food Operations Food Science Higher Education

The National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) is an internationally recognised provider of education, research and technical business support for the food industry. Strategically situated in south Lincolnshire, NCFM serves the UK’s largest concentration of food manufacturing businesses. We understand the demands of studying while working in this fast moving, dynamic industry and balancing family commitments. Our part-time apprenticeships and distance learning degrees provide flexible study options for those working across a range of areas.

Our apprenticeship courses range from Level 2 to 7, a full list of our courses can be seen in the below table.

Our programmes are also available to non-levy funded or self-funded students.

Other standards we deliver:

  • Level 7 Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship
  • Level 6 Manufacturing Manager
  • Level 5 Food and Drink Engineer
  • Level 5 Operations/Departmental Manager - Higher Education Certificate in Food Manufacturing (with choice of 4 options)
  • Level 3 Learning and Developing Practitioner
  • Level 3 Team Leader
  • Level 3 Supply Chain Practitioner (Fast Moving Consumer Goods)

See our website for further details:


National Centre for Food Manufacturing

Holbeach Campus
Minerva House
Holbeach Park Road
PE12 7PT

Tel: 01406 493000

Main contact
Sharon Green

Courses we offer

Food & Drink Process Operator, Level 2

Process Operators work in the manufacturing sector of the food and drink industry. They may be employed in
a company that specialises one type of product, e.g. ready meals, soft drinks or confectionery, or in a company that makes a wide range of different products.

Food & Drink Technical Operator, Level 3

Food and Drink Technical Operators work in one of the largest, most dynamic and fastest growing sectors of industry.

Food and Drink Advanced Engineer (Degree), Level 6

Food and Drink Advanced Engineers deliver efficient, effective and high performance food and drink production processes and systems, many of which are specific to the industry. Combining engineering competence with an understanding of the principles of food safety, science and technology their focus is on developing and designing improved production systems, which are safe to operate and environmentally sustainable.

Food Industry Technical Professional Degree, Level 6

There are a wide variety of Technical Professional roles: Assistant Food Technical Manager, Quality Manager, Shift Quality Manager, Hygiene Manager, Product Innovation and Development Technologist.

Food Technologist, Level 3

Food Technologists work in one of the largest, most dynamic and fastest growing sectors of industry. Every day producers, food manufacturers and retailers make and sell millions of innovative food products, such as drinks, cakes, biscuits, ready to eat and ready to cook food, sandwiches, wraps and fresh fruit and salads to consumers in the UK and around the world.