Only a few months after Buxton College launched its bakery apprenticeships, students are already becoming experts in their trade, thanks to weekly training on brand new equipment in the College’s training kitchens, and time spent working in local bakeries.
During National Apprenticeship Week (6th – 10th February), the College is encouraging more bakeries to invest in bakery apprenticeships as part of its pledge to secure 100 new apprentices in the local area.
Apprentices Chloe Emerson and Stephanie Shirt are two of the students working towards their Diploma in Proficiency in Baking Industry Skills, creating breads, cakes, gateaux and patisserie for visitors to Chatsworth.
Emerson, 20, from Dronfield, said: “I have loved being an apprentice so far. I think that earning while you learn your trade on the job and at college is just a great way to pursue a career.”
Shirt, 18, from Bakwell, added: “I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone – especially people thinking about working in bakery or cookery, it’s been a great experience so far.”
Employers get a dedicated enthusiastic employee, who is also developing their skills and gaining qualifications at college, and they can access Apprenticeships Grants for Employers (AGE) to do so.
The head of Buxton College Mary Blauciak said: “It is fantastic to have some of our students working in some very prestigious local bakeries, producing food that is enjoyed by many people each day. We hope that during National Apprenticeship Week more young people will consider an apprenticeship as a way forward for them.”
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