Process Manufacturing

The demand for process manufacturing is now higher than ever, without it there would be no medicines, foods, drinks, oil, gas and so the list goes on. It’s a great industry if you’re looking for a career that’s hands on, creative and rewarding.

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A career in manufacturing has many benefits and as an industry it is currently enjoying an increased interest as a career of choice. As a country, the UK is investing to increase the volume of talented students looking for a future in process manufacturing. Kirklees College prides itself as a pioneer in this field, creating our Centre of Excellent, the Process Manufacturing Centre (PMC) and being the first college in England to offer a Supply Chain Apprenticeship, Level 3.

You will study at the PMC, our state-of-the-art process manufacturing training facility, collaboratively designed with employers to address their shared training needs. This is no ordinary learning environment. In addition to receiving industry standard training, our centre simulates a real time manufacturing plant where learning through practical, hands-on experience is central to your study and the courses and apprenticeships we deliver. Through our partnerships with employers you will be well connected to leaders in the manufacturing sector, giving you excellent opportunities to progress and succeed.

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Why work in the Processing & Machine Operation Industry?

Wide range of jobs in the Processing & Machine Operation Industry

A wide range of employers in the Processing & Machine Operation Industry

Considering a career in Processing & Machine Operation?

If you’re not sure what to study, then why not take some time to find out more information about possible careers?

Or, if you already have a career in mind, but you’re are not sure what you need to study to pursue that career, we can help you get one step closer to that dream job.

Qualifications & levels explained

There is a wide range of qualifications and levels available, but not all of them may be right for you. If you’re not sure what qualification type or level you should be searching for, take a look at our qualifications explained.

Find the perfect career

We can help you find that perfect career even if you’re not sure what it is yet! At Kirklees College, our mission is to make you as successful as you can be, from finding the right career to gaining the right skills.

Case Studies


Studying Apprenticeship in Processing Industry Operations Level 3

I think Kirklees College is the best around for engineering. The facilities are excellent – it’s great having a process manufacturing plant to practise on. Science and engineering are my passion.


Studying towards her Level 3 Diploma in Food and Drink Engineering

The Process Manufacturing Centre where we study has really great facilities and some of the top range equipment to work with, which helps us when we do go out to work with our employers. You really gain hands on practical experience in the factory room and the tutors have been amazing and really helped us through thick and thin.