by World Grain Staff
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The National Association of British and Irish Millers (nabim), the trade association for the U.K. flour milling industry, is committed to the development of skilled millers and has always placed a high priority on milling training. nabim works with its member companies to develop and deliver training resources. Each year, for example, hundreds of students worldwide enroll in its distance learning program, which runs from September to May and comprises seven modules, providing a complete overview of flour milling.

Each module is subject to rolling review and so a new edition of each module textbook is issued every five years or so, keeping it fresh and up to date. This material is supplemented by additional information circulated with the year’s lessons. Topics covered include: safety, health and hygiene; wheat; modern flour milling operation and performance; product handling, storage and distribution; flour functionality; power and automation; and mill management. For each module, the student has one tutor, an expert in their field, who will provide guidance and advice on the coursework. Assessment is by written examination at the end of the course year. When students have successfully completed all seven modules, they are awarded nabim’s Advanced Certificate in Flour Milling.

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