More than 30 bakery and confectionery technology students have had a behind-the-scenes visit to AB Mauri’s Centre of Excellence in Corby.

Students from University College Birmingham (UCB) were given a rare opportunity to learn first-hand what happens at the centre, and benefit from listening to industry experts, AB Mauri said.

The visitors were welcomed by Jim Hawkridge, NPD director at AB Mauri UK & Ireland, before taking part in a bread theory session. The day continued in the test bakery with practical bread and confectionery sessions as well as a site tour.

Jason Vaghela, HR director at AB Mauri UK & Ireland, gave an employer’s insight into what the students should expect when they start their career.

After lunch, the students learned the importance and role of specific ingredients, playing a game that involved tasting and evaluating bakery products. The day concluded with a Q&A session.

“On a personal note, I was blown away by the visit by AB Mauri. It was brilliant for the students to hear about the roles they could fill and learn about many different product and ingredient attributes,” said UCB bread lecturer Chris Foxall.

Bakery and confectionery lecturer Richard Wood added that what grabbed the attention of the final-year students was seeing two UCB graduates, Hannah Parry and Laura Underwood, who now have careers at AB Mauri.

Andrew Pollard, managing director of AB Mauri UK & Ireland added: “We were delighted to welcome such a vibrant and competent group of students.

“Whether it’s working for, in conjunction with, or even in other ways related to AB Mauri, I have no doubt that we’re looking at key future baking industry stakeholders here. We wish them all the very best for the future.”