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Food For Thought At SHU

posted 15 Aug 2013, 09:00 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 15 Aug 2013, 09:00 ]
Applications for the UK’s first food and drink engineering degree will open to prospective students from next month.

The four-year MEng Food Engineering course, which is being run by Sheffield Hallam University, will have its first intake of students in September 2014. Applications from prospective students are invited through UCAS from mid September this year. It is estimated that its graduates will form some of the 137,000 new employees the food and drink industry needs to recruit between now and 2017.

This is further good news for the university, which has been awarded £6.9m to create the National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering – due to open in 2017.

Universities across the country were invited by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) to tender for the contract to develop the new course. Sheffield Hallam University beat stiff competition to win the contract and is working in partnership with the FDF, The National Skills Academy for Food and Drink and employers. Co-investment has come from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills through the Employer Investment Fund. 

The food and drink manufacturing sector has continued to grow throughout the recession. It is the UK's largest manufacturing sector, with an annual turnover of nearly £80 billion. It employs around 400,000 people across more than 7,000 businesses and creates 8,500 new products every year. It is hoped that the new qualification will address the shortage of skilled workers in the food and drink industry, and to raise the profile of food and drink engineering as a profession with the same career appeal as advanced aerospace, automotive or energy engineering. 

The course will be open to people already working within the food and drink industry, as well as young people who want to learn the skills they need for employment in the sector. It has the support of leading food and drink companies such as Arla Foods, Burton’s Biscuit Company, Mars, McCains Foods and Warburtons. 

The university offers a broad range of industry led programmes to ensure employees receive the right skills for employment. In the past, courses have been developed with Nestle, Barratt Homes, Kia and Network Rail to ensure their employees have the appropriate skill set. 

For more information about the MEng Food Engineering degree, contact the university on 0114 225 5555 or enquiries@shu.ac.uk 

To see what Sheffield Hallam University could do for your business, whatever sector or challenge facing you, contact the Business Gateway team on 0114 225 5000 or business@shu.ac.uk