A new qualification has been launched in Scotland, which aims to "open up new horizons" for employees in the food and drink industry.
The Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Food Science and Technology, which commenced at the end of October at Glasgow Metropolitan College, is a subsidised two-year day-release course that offers existing employees the chance to qualify as a food technologist in a bid to bridge the skills gap in this area.
The course does not have specific bakery units, but covers a lot of the general science behind baking including nutritional analysis and scientific process, said a spokesperson for food and drink sector skills council Improve. It costs £540 a year.