A specialist training bakery, designed to give vulnerable ex-servicemen new employment skills to make a fresh start in life, was opened last week by celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager.

The bakery, based at a new housing and training centre called The Beacon, situated next to Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire, will help veterans develop employable skills within the baking and catering industries.

Set up as a social enterprise by the Clervaux Trust, which operates a similar bakery in Darlington, and housing association Riverside ECHG, the bakery will provide accredited qualifications to equip former military personnel suffering from post-traumatic stress or who are vulnerable to homelessness with new career skills and insight into running a business.

Riverside’s area manager Trevor Morris, an ex-serviceman himself, said: “When people leave the Armed Forces they often find that while they have lots of very useful team and project management skills, they need to develop trades that will find them jobs in civilian life.

“We have helped support over 9,000 veterans in the past 10 years and we consulted with a lot of our ex-servicemen and women about what trades would interest them, and active trades such as baking and landscaping came out very high.”