Matthews Cotswold Flour Stoneground Regenerative White Flour in a busy kitchen with a tray of freshly baked buns

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Matthews Cotswold Flour is launching a new baker in training development scheme to help encourage more people to turn their passion for baking into a career.

The flour producer will select four applicants every year from its community of home bakers. These individuals will be given a week’s worth of work experience at a bakery and an introduction to professional baking. They will also be given a selection of bakery equipment and materials to help them develop their baking skills after the course has ended.

The scheme has been created in response to the ongoing recruitment crisis in the baking industry.

“I regularly hear feedback from bakeries that they are desperately short of good bakery staff,” explained Sophie Carey, bakery development manager at Matthews Cotswold Flour.

“This is a problem across the industry that affects everyone, from small businesses right up to the industry giants. We are keen to help in any way that we can to resolve this ongoing challenge for our trade customers and, as part of that commitment, we are delighted to launch our new Baker in Training Development Scheme.”

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Carey added that Matthews Cotswold Flour, a 200-year-old family business which provides a range of more than 100 varieties of flour, holds a “unique position” in the industry with strong networks both in the bakery sector and home baking community.

“We want to put this to good use and provide this golden opportunity for a group of individuals to learn more about the bakery industry and see if they would like to turn their passion into a professional career,” she said. “We aim to inspire and support the next generation of professional bakers. We would love to hear from any bakeries keen to provide work experience for the scheme.”