The Achievement in Bakery Training Award

19 September, 2008
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Winner Jane Hatton
LecturerBrooklands CollegeWeybridge, SurreyHatton says she has always enjoyed sharing her skills as a baker and confectioner and her move into teaching from working full-time in various bakery businesses was a natural progression.She has now been teaching for 26 years, the last eight at Brooklands College.Hatton was chosen as the winner because of her passion for training and the industry as a whole. She says: "I love baking and I like to keep industry contacts to ensure I'm providing the right courses for what companies need. We must promote this industry and persuade young people that it offers a good career path."The judges also cited Hatton's "perseverance and willingness to go the extra mile for the industry" as making her an inspirational and worthy winner.Finalist Henry JefferiesAssessor/Internal VerifierHungerford, Berkshire After completing his training, Jefferies turned his attention to a family business. Opened in 1960, the firm grew from one shop to seven and, by 1998, had an annual turnover of £1.5 million. At this point, Jefferies sold up and moved on to training, with the National Association of Master Bakers, City & Guilds and the SAMB.Jefferies says he is, above all, a practical baker, always learning, and he hopes his 50 years' experience means he can offer students a breadth of knowledge vital to the demands of the industry today. "Bakers today must know so much and be able to relate various processes to one another - I think I have the communication skills to help them understand this."Finalist Julie KempHR ManagerBells of LazonbyPenrith, CumbriaThis 60-year-old family business has five shops in and around Cumbria and the north west and serves several wholesale clients, turning over £11 million a year. It also owns the Village Bakery and OK! 'free-from' brands. Kemp joined as HR manager two years ago and has put in place a programme addressing a raft of requirements, from hands-on bakery training, Skills for Life numeracy and literacy and English skills for the 10% of staff who are migrant workers.As a result, absence has reduced by over 15% and staff turnover by over 10%. "We have seen a real change in people's abilities and attitude. We are committed to developing a culture of life-long learning," she says

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