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The National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering (NCEFE) at Sheffield Hallam University is launching a new degree apprenticeship course.

The advanced food engineer degree apprenticeship will be delivered over five years, with the first learners starting in September 2019. All students will be employed within the sector alongside their studies.

Professor Martin Howarth, director of NCEFE, said: "Those who take part in the new degree apprenticeship will be taking their first steps into becoming the next generation of food engineers.

"This project builds on our existing strong track record of working in partnership with industry to develop skilled, knowledgeable and employable graduates.

"Sheffield Hallam is positioned as a world-leading applied university, and it is through exceptional degree apprenticeships like this one, that this can be fulfilled."

Course leader Andy Rawsthorne, said: "We are excited to be starting this new degree apprenticeship, building on our range of food engineering courses that allow students to gain significant experience in the industry.

"Students on this course will be among the first to use our new Centre, utilising cutting edge facilities and equipment, whilst working in businesses across the sector."

The Centre, and the associated Food Engineering degree programme, has been developed in partnership with the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink (NSAF&D), along with funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Office for Students.

The NCEFE is designed to tackle food industry challenges such as productivity, health, minimising waste and reducing energy use. It will support the food and drink industry by developing new and enhanced facilities, processes and equipment and creating a knowledgeable workforce with experience of leading engineering systems and processes.

The new Centre is due to open later this year and will form part of Sheffield Hallam's Health Innovation Park situated at the heart of the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park.

By improving productivity, narrowing skills gaps and supporting business through innovation and enterprise, Sheffield Hallam University is driving future economies.

For press information: Laura Burden in the Sheffield Hallam University press office on 0114 225 5301 or email