Students get taste of food manufacturing


Students on a vocational programme at New College Lanarkshire recently visited an ice cream factory to learn about the manufacturing process – as well as sample a few treats!

Currently in their second year of the Coalyard vocational programme run by the Faculty of Supported Learning, the group visited Soaves Ice Cream factory in Chryston, Glasgow to learn about food manufacturing process.  

Run in partnership with Coalyard Tearoom in Larkhall and South Lanarkshire’s Work It Out programme, the programme offers vocational and employability qualifications along with practical work experience. Students attend the College two days a week to learn skills for their work placements – including the hospitality indsutry, food hygiene and customer service. 

To complement their learnings in food manufacturing, the students were given a tour of Soave’s facilities, met some of the production staff and indulged in some free samples.

Lecturer Lucie Armstrong said: “The visit was a great success as it gave the students the chance to experience what they had been learning in the classroom in practice.

“They all really enjoyed the experience – especially the free samples!

“Thanks to Valerie and all the team at Soaves for hosting us and inspiring a new generation of food manufacturers!”

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