Major bakery trainers have pledge their support for a national Colleges and Trainers Forum.

The meeting will take place at Sheffield College on 30 June. Acting chairman and organiser Chris North, a bakery lecturer at the college, told British Baker that bakery training has reached a crunch point, with confusion over new qualifications and funding putting pressure on colleges.

"I’m anticipating that this will just increase the number of colleges that have closed down their bakery courses," North told British Baker.

North said he hoped the meeting would persuade training providers, who are used to working in isolation, to share their knowledge and pool resources. Most of the major colleges and trainers had pledged support, he added.

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