A call has been put out to employers to give their views on a new bakery qualification being developed by food and drink sector skills council Improve.

The Bakery Proficiency qualification is being developed in consultation with a number of bakery firms, including Bettys, Cooplands, United Biscuits, Greggs and Morrisons. The proposal is for it to have three distinct pathways: craft, plant and retail/in-store bakery.

"The units cover a vast array of subjects which employers and employees can pick and choose from to tailor the qualification to their particular line of work," said Derek Williams, Improve’s development director.

Credits will be gained for each unit of assessment allowing the final qualification to be built up step-by-step. It has also been designed specifically for assessment in and around the workplace and will be publicly accredited as part of the new Qualifications and Credits Framework (QCF).

Employers will be able to view and comment on the proposed structure and units from 21 September on Improve’s website www.improve-skills.co.uk and Improve will continue its consultation period until Christmas.

To have your say, contact Helen King on 0845 644 0448 or email helen.king@improveltd.co.uk.