A new management scheme has been developed for the baking industry.

The “Women in Work” programme was launched to support the development of management skills for women in the food and drink industry.  

The scheme was supported by The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink and Scotland Food & Drink Skills Academy, which assisted the National Bakery Training provide a series of management development programmes.

The programmes, designed for the Craft Bakers’ Association (CBA) and Scottish Bakers members, have resulted in almost 100 participants signing up.

Sandra Ogden, head of retail and marketing operations at Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery, said: “The one thing that stood out for all of the supervisors was the style of delivery. It was a fantastic, dynamic approach, which kept all of the participants captivated.”

Mike Holling, executive director of the CBA, said: “It is important that, in today’s changing marketplace, we continually invest in the people who are instrumental in running the management functions of our businesses. We have evidence from members that a well-trained manager can add significant increases on their bottom line.”

Alan Clarke, chief executive of Scottish Bakers, added: “This is a real example of partnership working across the UK and I would like to say a really big thank you to the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink, the Scotland Food & Drink Skills Academy and the Craft Bakers’ Association for fully engaging with this dynamic programme. We are delighted that the feedback has been so positive.”