The School of Artisan Food held its first graduation ceremony on last Thursday (6 October), which recognised a group of newly qualified bakers, butchers and cheesemakers.

The graduates were the first to complete the UK’s only advanced diploma qualifications in artisan food production, taught at the Welbeck Estate in Nottinghamshire.

The qualifications: Advanced Diploma in Baking, Advanced Diploma in Butchery and Charcuterie and Advanced Diploma in Dairy, were developed by The School to meet a demand for skilled, artisan food producers.

Its first intake of full-time students completed their studies in July 2010, with graduates having since taken jobs in the artisan food industry, or are in the process of setting up their own business, said The School.

Sheila Russell is director of studies at the School commented: “Our Advanced Diplomas provide the opportunity to resurrect traditional artisanal skills that are in danger of being lost in this country. As demand increases for artisan food it has become evident that there is a skills gap, which the School of Artisan Food is now addressing through our full-time qualifications.”

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