The Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees (ABST) has cancelled its annual conference, which was due to take place on 19-21 June 2020.

However, it has announced a date for next year’s event, which will be hosted at the Alton Towers Hotel in Staffordshire on 11-13 June 2021.

“The ABST committee has been monitoring the Covid-19 situation continuously over the past weeks, and we have decided to cancel our 2020 conference. Government guidelines currently stipulate the rulings on gatherings, but more importantly, our students will not be able to attend,” stated ABST.

“Colleges are practising accelerated learning, which will end their educational year by Easter, and term will not resume until September. We are extremely disappointed by this, but we have to ensure that the safety and wellness of our members is protected.”

It added that it was “first and foremost an organisation dedicated to supporting students” and still intended to do this. As such, it has asked for those in the industry who can offer advice, mentorship or work experience to get in touch.

“Your support during this turbulent time will be appreciated more than ever by students who are heading into industry.”

Several bakery-related events have been cancelled or postponed as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, including Britain’s Best Loaf and Cake International.