OAL supports next generation of food manufacturers

The University of Lincoln’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) based in Holbeach, South Lincolnshire, held its graduation prize-giving event for the academic year 17/18 on Monday 10th September 2018.

 Samantha Norman, OAL, presenting Sheryl with her award for ‘Best Performance on a Food Sector Higher Apprentice’.

Samantha Norman, OAL, presenting Sheryl with her award for ‘Best Performance on a Food Sector Higher Apprentice’.

Thanks to our close relationship with NCFM and the importance we place on training and development, OAL sponsored the award for Best Performance on a Food Sector Higher Apprenticeship. The award was won by Bakkavor Product Development Apprentice, Sheryl Gamble, for her particularly high level of commitment she demonstrated during her apprenticeship.  

NCFM, leading in part-time study for food industry employees and innovation with businesses, is dedicated to helping food industry employees advance their careers with part-time apprenticeships and distance learning degrees for those working in quality or technical roles and operations management.

Partnership with industry is at the heart of NCFM’s research agenda and its multidisciplinary research for the food industry has expanded quickly to support the sector’s growth and challenges. The collaborative relationship between OAL and NCFM has brought about research which looks to integrate robotics into food processing. Our Steam Infusion test centre is also located at NCFM’s Holbeach campus.

 National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM), Holbeach.

National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM), Holbeach.

Our HR Director, Samantha Norman, attended the prize giving event. “We felt it was important to sponsor the prize for Best Performance on a Food Sector Higher Apprenticeship because we’re seriously passionate about training and development for everyone. We work so closely with NCFM and with two of our employees currently studying for a foundation degree at the centre, we certainly understand the importance of the work done here and want to support it in any way we can.”

At OAL, we pride ourselves on our commitment to supporting the development of our workforce within the ever-changing food industry. With 30% of our staff on a training scheme, apprenticeship or taking a formal qualification, we actively encourage our employees to broaden their skill set as we want to make the most of the great people we have in our organisation.

We’re always on the lookout for talent. If you think you might have what it takes to succeed at OAL and want to be part of a truly innovative company that’s shaking up the food industry, why not take a look at our vacancies?

Deborah Stokoe