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Going the distance - Training the Milling Workforce in the Twenty-first Century


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Since its formation in 1878, the National Association of British and Irish Millers (nabim) has been committed to the development of skilled millers and has placed a high priority on milling training. For well over one hundred years, it has been at the forefront of technical education in flour milling, first within the British Isles but also, since the mid-twentieth century, across the world.

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Going the distance - Training the Milling Workforce in the Twenty-first Century

  1. 1. Digital Re-print - January| February 2011 Going the distance:Training the Milling Workforce in the Twenty-first Century Grain & Feed Milling Technology is published six times a year by Perendale Publishers Ltd of the United Kingdom. All data is published in good faith, based on information received, and while every care is taken to prevent inaccuracies, the publishers accept no liability for any errors or omissions or for the consequences of action taken on the basis of information published. ©Copyright 2010 Perendale Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means without prior permission of the copyright owner. Printed by Perendale Publishers Ltd. ISSN: 1466-3872 NEXT PAGE
  2. 2. FEATURE FEATURE of recent years. At the request of its member should not change next year; companies, nabim - in partnership with both candidates will be chosen the Buhler Training Centre in Switzerland on experience, qualifications, and Campden BRI - developed a new ability and potential, not on training programme, very different to the geography. distance learning provision. The Advanced Finally, another recent Milling Diploma programme was launched development in nabim’s in 2006, is run just once every three years, training arm has been of and is aimed at developing the future opera- proficiency qualifications in tions management of the milling industry. milling. Based largely on Applications for the next intake will be both the distance learning sought in early 2012. programme and nabim’s Going the distance Restricted to a maximum of ten can- ‘old’ craft skills certificate, didates, the Diploma involves two resi- these are new vocational dential weeks at Chipping Campden and qualifications which test Uzwil, studying the first two units of three, practical competence Training the Milling Workforce in the Twenty-first Century ‘Technical’ and ‘Production’. The cereals sci- as well as underpinning ence syllabus put together by Campden BRI knowledge and under- is very demanding but provides candidates standing. The development with the necessary fundamental understand- of units which conform with the UK’s and consideration is being given to develop- ing of functionality which aids them both in national qualification and credit frame- ing relationships with colleges and/or other by Nigel Bennett (Secretary, nabim, United Kingdom) the practical milling week at Buhler and in work should provide employers with the established training providers so that delivery their third unit, in which they undertake their basis on which to ensure the retention of is concentrated on the key milling skills and own research project and produce a report milling skills, and employees with proof understanding. S ince its formation in 1878, the National Indies. Students from many other countries Module four looks at various aspects of which is independently assessed. From an of skills transferrable to other companies So whilst nabim can happily point to a Association of British and Irish Millers have featured in recent years. product handling, storage and distribution; induction day through to final interview and and sectors. strong history of milling training, it can also (nabim) has been committed to the Already seeking to serve several functions flour blending, packing, warehousing, loading result takes each candidate approximately 18 These new qualifications are only just demonstrate that its face is very much point- development of skilled millers and has - an introduction to the industry, building and infestation control. months - and they have their full-time jobs coming on stream, under the umbrella of ed towards the future. Especially within the placed a high priority on milling training. knowledge and understanding of the industry Flour itself is the subject of module five, to do as well! awarding organisation FDQ - but the work UK, where the industry is highly rationalised, For well over one hundred years, it has and its processes, refresher training etc - and discussing functionality and types of flour To date, whilst there has been some for nabim does not stop there. We are now automated and capital-intensive, with a small been at the forefront of technical education to cater for students of very different aca- commonly milled, flour treatments, quality interest from abroad, all Diploma candidates seeking to ensure that delivery of the new and (whisper it softly) ageing workforce, this in flour milling, first within the British demic backgrounds, the wide diversity of stu- measurement and control, laboratory tests have been employed in UK flour mills. units is properly milling-focused (as opposed is absolutely vital for the continued success Isles but also, since the mid-twentieth dent nationality adds to the challenge facing and flour uses. There is, however, no reason why this to a generic food manufacture approach) of the milling industry itself. century, across the world. nabim and its teams of tutors and examiners. Power and automation is the focus of It is a challenge we are glad to meet. module six, covering a range of topics from Nabim’s most well-known training provi- Offered annually, the course year running mechanical and pneumatic conveying to sion is the distance learning programme, from September to May, this distance-learn- delivered annually for around 80 years, and ing course is studied in seven modules, pro- still lovingly known as the ‘correspondence viding a complete overview of flour milling. instrumentation and process control. In the seventh and final module, mill management is addressed, including a back- Flour Milling Training Seven Steps to Success courses’ or ‘City and Guilds’ by many former Each module is subject to rolling review and ground to the global flour milling industry students, the latter despite the fact that the so a new edition of each module textbook and market, commercial and operations Course Fees association with City and Guilds of London is issued every five years or so, keeping it management, and the miller’s responsibility ended almost a decade ago. fresh and up to date. This material is sup- to protect the product, environment and – Hygiene, Health and Safety The cost per module is: £295 plemented people. – Wheat and the Screenroom For each module, the student is allo- (as at 2010 – VAT at 17.5% where applicable) by additional – Mill Processes and Performance “The development of units which conform informa- cated one tutor, an expert in their field, includes postage, textbook and exam registration tion circu- who will provide guidance and advice on – Product Handling, Storage and Distribution with the UK’s national qualification lated with the the coursework. Assessment is by written – Flour nabim Members: Discount £95 per module (£200) year’s lessons. examination at the end of the course year. and credit framework should provide Module When students have successfully completed – Power and Automation Non-UK Companies: Discount £50 per module (£245) one covers all seven modules, they are awarded nabim’s – Flour Milling Management employers with the basis on which to health and Advanced Certificate in Flour Milling. (See ensure the retention of milling skills, and safety, assess- includ- the nabim website,, for • Enhance your • Internationally • Developed • Studied every ing risk further details, including course fees.) career prospects recognised for millers year by hundredsemployees with proof of skills transferrable ment and the Though the distance-learning programme prevention of continues to be successful, nabim is continu- and increase distance learning by industry of millers to other companies and sectors” fire and dust ously seeking new ways to improve its train- potential programme professionals worldwide explosions, ing provision. For example, students often and hygiene, find it difficult to understand what is going In the current session, there are almost including an introduction to pests and the on within the closed milling process. nabim 7 Modular Courses provide millers with an essential understanding and 750 enrolments; only one-third of students prevention of infestation. is currently embarked on a pilot project, underpinning knowledge of the milling industry. are based in Europe. The two-thirds bal- Wheat is the focus of Module two, which developing online training material on the ance come from many different countries looks at its structure, growth and production, workings of the 1st break rollermill and plan- An indispensable tool for those new to the milling industry and for across the globe: Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt before moving on to the intake, cleaning and sifter, using video, animation, demonstration 21 Arlington Street and Sudan; Tanzania, Malawi, Kenya and preparation of wheat in the screenroom. and commentary. It is hoped this will go live developing the skills of the competent miller. London SW1A 1RN, UK Zambia; Lesotho, South Africa and Namibia; Module three addresses the modern for nabim’s members during the first half of Dedicated tutor support given to every student, providing professional Tel: +44 (0) 20 7493 2521 the United Arab Emirates; Japan, Malaysia, flour milling operation, its machinery and 2011, and later be made available to distance Fax: +44 (0) 20 7493 6785 Indonesia and Vietnam; Australia, New processes and the importance of achieving learning students. guidance throughout the course year. email: Zealand and Fiji; Canada and the West mill balance and improving mill performance. This is by no means nabim’s only initiative 28 | January - february 2011 Grain &feed millinG technoloGy Grain &feed millinG technoloGy January - february 2011 | 29
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