Are you a baker training at college or with a company? Are you a keen apprentice? Are you a company with good trainees who deserve recognition? Or perhaps you are a bakery trainer with some outstanding students, whom you feel should be noticed.

If so, then we want to hear from you for the Trainee Baker of the Year, sponsored jointly by the National Skills Academy and Improve.

This newly launched award aims to recognise those trainee bakers who will go on to be the backbone of the industry. It is open to all types of hands-on trainee bakers, whether they are making bread, savouries or confectionery. Entrants could be training in craft or industrial skills with a company or a college, but they must be able to demonstrate their commitment and passion for a career in the industry.

Judges will be interested to hear about entrants’ skills, enthusiasm and ambition. What are they studying and what have they achieved so far? What do they hope to do with their qualifications in the future?

"Improve and the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink are delighted to sponsor this award, which recognises the considerable personal commitment of individuals to equip themselves with the skills to make a positive contribution to the future of bakery in the UK," says Improve CEO Jack Matthews. "Well-qualified and skilled bakers are critical to the future of the industry and those who can demonstrate that additional passion and dedication should be fully recognised."

Entries would be welcome from individual trainee bakers at any level, as well as bakery trainers and tutors, who want to put forward those students they feel have shown themselves to be capable, conscientious and keen to learn.

Call us today for the easy-to-complete entry form or alternatively send us a CV with an outline of achievements, current training programme and future ambitions.


=== Key points for entrants ===

? This award is open to all types of hands-on trainee bakers. Entrants could be training in craft or industrial skills with a company or a college. They could be making bread, savouries, confectionery or other type of baked good.


? Entries are encouraged from trainee bakers themselves, as well as trainers who feel they have an outstanding student to nominate who deserves recognition.


? The entry form is very simple to fill out and should not take long. Alternatively, send us your CV. We need to know an outline of your achievements so far, what you are studying and your ambitions for the future.


? Winning the prestigious Trainee Baker of the Year could open doors for you in your future career, so don’t be shy. Call us today and we will send you further information.