Leeds Thomas Danby college is taking its bakery skills overseas, after securing funding to collaborate with schools in Russia.

The Further Education college, which holds CoVE status for its Catering, Hospitality, Bakery and Food Manufacture provisions, has received Prime Minister’s Initiative funding to collaborate with a school in Russia, sharing ideas and good practice in baking and catering.

Bakery tutors recently spent five days in Kaliningrad to establish links with the bakery and food manufacturing industries, as well as with School No 12 in Sovetsk, which the college will be working with. There were detailed talks with both local government officials and college directors on the importance of improved teaching facilities and the involvement of employers in courses taught.

Staff from Leeds Thomas Danby will pay a second visit to Russia in May, when they will visit bakeries and factories. The partnership aims to assist Russian colleges in moving towards competence-based training in colleges and the workplace.