Scottish Bakers’ annual conference – held in Glasgow over the weekend (5-6 May) – saw Mimi’s Bakehouse fight off stiff competition to take the title; the launch of a government-backed fund to support the sector with reformulation; and a warning to ignore...
The ‘Forward Together’ programme tackles a number of key issues affecting the sector today, including resilience and creativity during what has been the toughest trading period in history; the importance of training and especially apprenticeships; and...
After five years in the hot seat, Alasdair Smith has gained unique insight into what he considers ‘an incredibly noble and proud trade and one that’s got an amazing sense of fellowship’. Before he takes his final bow at the Scottish Baker of the Year...
CEO Alasdair Smith has strong words for the Scottish Government over its delay in confirming funding for new apprenticeship starts, calling it ‘inexcusable and ‘bad for business’. More worryingly, he is concerned it could signal a withdrawal of vital...
Shareholders of the craft bakery sector in England, Wales and Northern Ireland can access facilities from expert advice on HR, health and food safety to discounted online training on the Craft Bakers Association’s new website.
National Food and Drink Training (NFDT) – the training arm of Scottish Bakers – has been accredited to the matrix Standard, which recognises the quality of its apprenticeship programmes and skills courses to meet the needs of an increasingly complex landscape.
Following a double-quick rebuild after a devastating fire and a £16m investment in a new production line, family-owned Jones Village Bakery in Wrexham is looking to recruit 30 new apprentices over the next two years.
Alasdair Smith, CEO of Scottish Bakers, believes it’s a most rewarding pathway for young people entering a new profession, for someone wanting to change careers or for an entrepreneur keen on starting their own venture.
Scottish Bakers’ specialist training arm – National Food and Drink Training (NFDT) – has renewed its contract with Skills Development Scotland (SDS), which will enable it to register 481 apprentices during 2021-22.
The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink (NSAFD) is working with large manufacturers to create an apprenticeship levy transfer scheme for smaller craft bakers to access apprenticeship training for free.
McVitie’s maker pladis and Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union, have signed an Engineering Apprenticeship Agreement to facilitate the recruitment of 50 apprentices into engineering roles at pladis by 2020.
Following approval by UK regulatory authorities, the Packaging
Industry Awarding Body Company has been formally launched in an
attempt "to drive forward excellence in education and training
throughout the industry".