Loughry National Diploma Graduate ‘Meats’ the Grade in Dunbia
Loughry graduate Lorraine McCombs has recently been appointed to Dunbia’s Quality Assurance team as a QA Technician, based in their retail factory in Dungannon.
After finishing GCSEs at school, Lorraine entered full time employment, but felt the need to return to education to improve her job prospects. She decided on the National Diploma in Food Technology course at Loughry Campus, CAFRE. “The practical side of the ND course really appealed to me. The visits to food factories and the 12 week work placement helped me see the practice behind the theory”.
Glen Patterson, Training Manager for Dunbia commented “We find Loughry graduates very employable in a wide variety of jobs, from Quality Assurance, to Production Management and even Product Development. They fit easily into the business. We have a strong working relationship with the campus and we will continue to work with them to maintain the strong graduate presence that we need to maintain our standards”.
Lorraine’s manager is Leah Belshaw, another National Diploma Food Technology graduate from Loughry, who, after graduation has worked her way from QA Technician to Plant Technical Manager. Leah believes that Loughry graduates at National Diploma level are crucial to Dunbia. “The graduates and students that we employ in the Quality Department easily meet the standard that the business requires. They already have experience of working in a food environment through the manufacturing and science practicals on their course. We find these skills are easily transferable to our large scale manufacturing business”.
Leah Belshaw, Plant Technical Manager, Dunbia with new recruit Lorraine McCombs