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College Hopes New Bakery Apprenticeships Will Go Like Hot Cakes

7 February 2012

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Bakery apprentices Stephanie Shirt (left) and Chloe Emerson (right)

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.

Chloe Emerson

Aspiring master-bakers of the future are getting the chance to hone their kneading, proofing and patisserie skills in the famous kitchens of Chatsworth House and the Bakewell Pudding Shop, after taking up a new bakery apprenticeship at Buxton College.

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 world class training kitchens, and time spent working in local bakeries.

During National Apprenticeship Week (February 6 - 10), 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.

Chloe, 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."

Stephanie, 18, from Bakwell said: "I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone - especially people thinking about working in bakery or cookery, it's been a great experience so far."

The owner of the Bakewell Pudding Shop, Helen Hartley, said: "I think apprenticeships are fantastic. Bakery seems to be growing in popularity and so we might look to add another apprenticeship soon."

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."

The College currently has a number of apprenticeship vacancies in bakery, as well as food preparation, hospitality supervision and leadership in the Matlock, Leek and Bakewell areas, childcare and hairdressing in Buxton and supporting teaching and learning in the Glossop area.

More information on these vacancies can be found on www.buxtoncollege.ac.uk/college/apprenticeships/opportunities

For more information on these vacancies, or other activity during National Apprenticeships Week visit www.buxtoncollege.ac.uk/naw

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