Cameron Winton, shop manager at Stuart's of Buckhaven

Source: Stuart’s of Buckhaven

Scottish bakery Stuart’s of Buckhaven has invested in several qualifications for its workforce.

The bakery hopes to create a skilled workforce for the future, as it said it wanted to nurture a new generation of craft bakers.

During lockdown, demand for its baked goods soared, as more consumers shopped locally, it added. This led to managing director Keith Stuart working alongside the bakers to help keep up with demand.

Staff members are currently studying for bakery qualifications, such as Craft Bakery Skills Level 2, Food Sales & Service Skills Level 2 and Food & Drink Operations Level 3.

“Training is essential for our staff to keep their skills up to date and to keep them motivated to continue to continue to learn. Only by investing in our people can we truly help to future proof our business,” said Mark Stuart, director of Stuart’s of Buckhaven.

Cameron Winton has worked at the bakery for six years and held the role of shop manager for the last year. He has recently completed Food Sales & Service Skills at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 5.

“I started studying for this qualification to gain a better all-round knowledge of food safety, health and safety at work. The focus of this course is more on the quality of service along with giving me more rounded knowledge for this job role. I can really see the benefits in how I deliver my role day to day and I hope to sign up to the next level of qualification in the next few months,” Winton said.