The training arm of the Scottish Bakers, National Bakery Training (NBT), has signed an agreement to become a preferred provider of training within the whole of the UK.

The accord with the National Association of Master Bakers (NAMB) was signed at the recent Bakers’ Fair, organised by British Baker.

It follows a similar partnership between Scottish Bakers and the Northern Ireland Bakery Council and means that bakers will have access to a wide range of bakery and food production City & Guilds qualifications, including craft bakery, retail bakery, production bakery and food production.  

Gill Brooks-Lonican, chief executive at NAMB, said: “There has always been a close working relationship between the NAMB and Scottish Bakers and this joint training venture will cement this even further. Skilled staff are paramount to our industry’s survival and this will enable our bakers to get training they need at no cost.”

Karen Taylor, training manager at National Bakery Training, added: “We have been providing training in England for three years and we have many existing customers, including Betty’s tea rooms, Park Cakes and Sparks of Bradford.  

“This now gives all members of the National Association access to our provision. With the current funding arrangements in England, there is no cash cost to the baker and no need for the learner to leave the workplace while being trained. Within our team of training advisors we have both bakery and training knowledge experience and skills to pass on to existing bakery and food production employees.”

• For further information or to enquire about the training available please contact Tina Sawyer at the NAMB on or 01920 468061; or Karen Taylor, training manager, on 07969491077 or