The National Skills Academy (NSA) for Food and Drink has accredited its first three bakery specialist training providers.

The first to get the seal of approval are Leicester College, Campden and Chorleywood Food Research Association (CCFRA) and Tameside College in Ashton-under-Lyne, and will form part of a planned ‘Network of Excellence’ for bakery training.

The network will be formed of the best training and development providers across the UK. “Bakery is a priority sector in food and drink manufacturing, employing just short of 100,000 people in the UK, and generating a turnover of £7.5 billion,” explained Justine Fosh, director of the NSA.

“Leicester, CCFRA and Tameside are well-respected organisations that are leaders in the provision of bakery training, with the facilities to drive forward the research and development of new training programmes. Their accreditation as the first providers in the bakery network is a real boost for the industry.”

The network will be dedicated to ensuring training is fit-for-purpose and evolves in response to any changes in the sector’s needs.