July 8, 2020

Loughry Campus students benefit from strong links with the Agri Food Industry

Students studying on the National Diploma courses at CAFRE’s Loughry Campus are getting a head start on their future careers in the Northern Ireland Agri Food Industry thanks to well established links with various companies and sectors all over the country. During their time at Loughry, students get the opportunity to interact with many companies in a manner of different ways – all of which help to support and further their learning and development, as well giving them a “taste” of where they might find themselves after their studies.

Our National Diploma Food students find their classroom based learning to be enhanced by regular guest speakers from the industry who are able to offer first-hand experience to reinforce learning. Students also enjoy industrial visits to meat, dairy, bakery and poultry companies to name but a few. Getting to hear and experience the reality of what has been learnt in the classroom has proven to be invaluable for student’s knowledge and understanding.

Second Year National Diploma Students

Second Year National Diploma Students visit Davisons Puddings as part of their Quality assurance unit

Our National Diploma students also undertake a 12 week placement within an Agri Food business between the first and second year of the course. This hands on experience in the ‘real world’ always proves to be very beneficial in enhancing students learning and further developing their practical skills, which they are then able to apply to their learning in the second year of their course.

Many National Diploma students chose to return to Loughry to Higher Education courses, where the opportunities to develop and grow these links with the Agri Food Industry are even more plentiful.

These strong links with the Agri Food Industry provide a unique and topical learning experience on National Diploma Courses at Loughry – Helping our students to get ahead!
CAFRE continues to accept applications for September 2020 entry on the National Diploma Food Programme delivered at Loughry Campus.

An application can be made by visiting the apply now section on the CAFRE website. To discuss your options further please contact the team on our FREEPHONE number 0800 028 4291.

First Year National Diploma students

William Wilson, Foyle Food Group, delivers a presentation to First Year National Diploma students to support their learning on their Meat Technology Unit. William is a past student of CAFRE, Loughry Campus.

At CAFRE we are committed to providing a safe experience for our new and returning students at the Enniskillen, Greenmount and Loughry campuses. The health and welfare of our students, staff and wider community continues to be our priority as we adapt to supporting your learning during the global coronavirus pandemic. Face-to-face delivery continues to be our preferred option and we are making plans to do so safely, following expert advice.

Practical learning is an important aspect of the National Diploma Food Programme and delivery of practical learning opportunities will be prioritised. Where it is not possible to deliver all aspects of the programme face-to-face, a blended learning approach will be adopted which means some elements of your programme may be delivered by remote learning lectures. The residential accommodation, dining rooms and library facilities will be available from September 2020 in line the Public Health Agency guidance at that time. Students are asked to regularly review the FAQs and student handbook provided on the CAFRE website. You should also continue to refer to the Public Health Agency website for the latest health advice.

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