The steering group of the National Skills Academy (NSA) for Bakery has achieved its first six-month target, said Jonathan Cooper, business development manager of the NSA.

Its aims were industry representation, agreeing the training needs of the industry, and identifying a bakery champion, named as Campden BRI, to co-ordinate the development of a new course for the industry, with Leeds Thomas Danby College acting as lead college.

Justine Fosh, director of the NSA, praised outgoing steering group chairman Dave Brooks of Finsbury Foods for driving the group to achieve its six-month goals. She told British Baker: "Dave agreed a tenure until Christmas and set challenging goals, which we could not have achieved without his leadership.

We look forward to setting an equally challenging agenda with the new chair when appointed."

The steering group comprises representatives from companies as diverse as a craft baker, Warburtons plant baker, Morrisons supermarket and Odlums Mills, as well as the main trade and member associations.

Its aim is to speak with a united voice about the training needs of the industry.

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