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Loughry Campus Meat Technology Course gains Qualification Accreditation

February 10, 2022

Meat Technologists at Loughry Campus, College of Agriculture Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), have successfully gained accreditation for their popular ‘Meat Skills’ course, resulting in a new, enhanced qualification – the OCN NI Level 3 Award in The Principles of Meat Technology. 

Keeping up to date with technological and legislative developments has never been more important. CPD (Continued Professional Development) ensures that capabilities keep pace with the current standards within the food industry.

Customer feedback has identified a need for meat technology training aimed at individuals entering the meat industry from other processing sectors, as well as existing employees in non-technical roles. This qualification prepares individuals for employment within the Meat industry while also allowing progression to higher level courses.

The programme is particularly suitable for those in production, new product development and technical and quality assurance roles. The qualification will provide learners with the core knowledge and skills required by a modern food technologist for example; factors affecting meat eating quality, meat & meat product legislation and labelling, meat microbiology and shelf life, meat curing, smoking and fermentation technology, burger and sausage manufacture.

The qualification will be credit based and will allow learners to accumulate credits in order to continue life-long learning and enable progression to higher level qualifications within the food technology sector. Learning will be supported by CAFRE staff.

Peter Simpson, Head of Food Technology at CAFRE’s Loughry Campus contends that, “It is vital that CAFRE supports the Northern Ireland meat industry by providing appropriate training opportunities. CAFRE is committed to enabling all sectors to maintain a trained and skilled workforce”.

Course Manager, Rosemary Brennan says, “Securing industry involvement in the development and implementation of the qualification has been critical to its success. We look forward to delivering OCN NI Level 3 Award in The Principles of Meat Technology to the meat industry”.

OCN NI Level 3 Award in The Principles of Meat Technology delivery will commence at Loughry Campus, Tues 26th April 2022. Enrolments can be made by clicking here. Please book your place before Tues 14th April 2022

To find out more please contact course manager, Rosemary Brennan email