Education & Industry
The Bakers' Company, both directly and with partners, plays an active part in baking industry education in all its forms, to help create rewarding careers for people of all ages.
The three main thrusts are:
- Through schools and colleges, to introduce baking as a career option, encouraging young people into the profession.
- To support young people in main stream bakery education
- To promote training events for both students and individuals working in the industry who are seeking to improve their craft skills.
Examples of the Company's work can be found in schools, colleges, bakery businesses, allied trades and industry associations throughout the UK, reflecting its commitment to meeting needs across the country, not just in and around London.
Baking as a career
Artisan bread course
Through its Education and Research Foundation, the Company makes a number of specific awards.
The Bakers' Company Award is made to successful applicants, enabling them to receive high quality craft training in mainland Europe.
The Joseph Award was introduced in 2002, funded from the consolidated bequests so kindly made by the Joseph family over the years. The Joseph Award is presented each year and enables the successful applicant to receive high quality craft training in the UK or mainland Europe.
Details of the Bakers' Company Education and Scholarship Programme are published annually on this website and details can also be found in the Trade Press.
Click here to read Henry Jeffries report.
Click here to read a Kathy Hooper's synopsis of students reports on the course.
The Bakers' Company has a long history of supporting and encouraging education and training, the company also provides help and assistance to colleges, by networking with organisations connected to the baking industry.
The company also provides quality bursaries to students who fulfil a number of criteria, including their achievement in college studies, and in the opinion of a joint panel comprising the college and the Company.
Details of the Bakers' Company's Education and Scholarship Program is published on this site each year.
Educational establishments across the UK that have received student bursaries include.
Educational establishments across the UK that have received student bursaries include:
London South Bank University LSBU (The National Bakery School)
University College Birmingham UCB
Blackpool and the Fylde College
Every year the top student from a university is awarded, The Freedom of the Company an incentive for their hard work.
Ms. Bethanie Dove LSBU
Occupation: Chef De Partie pastry chef and chocolatier
Employer: Pan Pacific London (Hotel)
After leaving NBS I started at The Savoy, in Bakery progressing from Commis to Demi and then after lockdown continued in the pastry and bakery and becoming a CDP. After two years I moved shortly to Park Row as a chocolatier creating chocolates for the private dining room tasting menu. I then moved to Pan Pacific as a Pastry Chef and chocolatier working under Cherish Finden, judge of Bake off, the professionals.
Miss Natalie Brown UCB
Ms. Caroline Jeevachandran LSBU
Occupation: New Product Development Baker
Employer: Aji Bakery, County Hall, London
After a life changing journey at the National Bakery School, I graduated in 2020. I am currently back at NBS studying a PhD in Food Science full-time and working part-time at Aji Bakery at the County Hall in London. I was employed by an ex NBS student, Rebecca Davies, and have been working there ever since alongside five other colleagues who are also students at NBS.
During my studies, the National Bakery School held career days and gave us numerous experiences to network with industry professionals. This led to many internships and work opportunities in our desired fields/career paths. Moreover, the lecturers, who are professionals in their fields also gave us great advice and were always willing to help us find jobs.
Miss Katie Garrett UCB
Taylor Worrell LSBU
Occupation: Assistant manager
Employer: Aji Bakery, County Hall, London
Since graduating from the National Bakery School I have worked as a baker in the London County Hall. I started as a bread and patisserie baker, and have since been promoted to Supervisor, and then to Assistant Manager. In this role, I have had the opportunity to improve my managerial skills by training new staff. Additionally, I have been able to work on new product development, alongside the daily baking.
Vaishnavi Vora UCB
The Company also offers competition prizes at the ABST yearly conference. One special prize is The Master Cup for the best loaf.
Members of the Worshipful Company of Bakers are available to talk to schools about the Baking industry as a career. Please apply to the Clerk (email Clerk@bakers.co.uk)
There are three videos to explain the baking industry to pupils in primary, secondary and special schools Videos for use in Schools
- Pupils with special educational needs
- Secondary pupils
- Primary pupils
If you would like to know where you can learn about baking the place to start is the Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees (ABST) website.
They have an up-to-date list of bakery colleges in the UK and Ireland, together with links to the college websites.
The Company endeavours to include in its educational programme, those aready working within the industry. This is with a view to assisting in the development and improvement of existing trade skills as part of continuing professional development.
Educational courses are run in conjunction with trade organsiations such as Bakels, there has been financial support for development courses run by trade organisations such as the Craft Bakers Association and places on the Company run special courses are regularly made available for purchase by trade organisations. Topics covered vary from specialist breads and pastry skills to marketing.
Applications for bursaries for places on such courses should be accessed through the Worshipful Company of Bakers website.
Click here to view the video about Richmont 2022.
Click here to read Henry Jeffries report.
Click here to read a Kathy Hooper’s synopsis of students reports on the course.
Shoreditch Trust’s Young People programme works to improve outcomes for young people experiencing adversity through food, training, and community. The Worshipful Company of Bakers generously contribute to the delivery of 2 core projects:
Community Table Young Bakers: 6-week courses using the ‘cook and eat’ model to develop practical baking skills alongside social and emotional awareness. Participants from Pupil Referral Units, who are 12-15 years old and have been excluded from mainstream education, learn to prepare and bake a recipe together, then enjoy the finished bake together over a group discussion. Workshops are designed to meet Gatsby benchmarks for Good Careers Guidance.
Blue Marble Training: kitchen-based Baker training at our social enterprise restaurant, Waterhouse for 15 young people a year between the ages of 16-19. A traditional apprenticeship model, with rolling intake, offers young people an alternative learning experience. The project offers distinctive opportunities for young people recovering from adverse experiences who aren’t in education, training or work; meeting them where they are, offering a flexible programme over a number of months, built around individual strengths and challenges.
The Trust provide opportunities for young people to develop the social and practical skills essential to engagement with meaningful training and work. We focus on common barriers to employment; supporting Trainees to open a bank account and apply for personal identification and to address underlying vulnerabilities such as insecure housing. Trainees are further supported into meaningful employment at the conclusion of training through supported industry placements.
The Bakers' Company is proud of its long held relationships with the University of London Officer Training Corps and with the University Royal Naval Unit. Regular contact is maintained, to enthusiastic and mutual benefit.
The ULOTC comprises several hundred student cadets, under a team of highly experienced regular and territorial army staff. The Bakers' Company holds their commitment and achievements in great regard. Young people, sometimes with a near even mix of male and female personnel, undergo intense training in all aspects of service life, while still carrying out their full time university studies.
The highlight of the training year is Summer Camp, to which the Bakers' Company is invited. To see over 100 cadets working smoothly together and putting their skills into practice is quite inspirational. Whether for civilian or service life in future, these young people are developing invaluable qualities which will benefit society in future.
In some ways, the ULOTC could be accused of letting Liverymen off lightly when they visit Summer Camp, as most of the involvement is necessarily from the sidelines. Not so with the ULRNU. As any Bakers' Company Liveryman who has experienced a day at sea with the cadets on Naval Unit's HMS Puncher will testify, thundering through the choppy waters of the English Channel is not for the feint-hearted.
HMS Puncher is a P2000 Archer Class fast patrol vessel capable of considerable speed and able, through its shallow draft, to visit locations often inaccessible to other naval vessels. As such, the Royal Naval Unit's 55 member cadets find themselves with an ideal craft on their hands for exercises throughout home waters and around northern mainland Europe.
During the year, among other contact and support, the Company is pleased to welcome officers and cadets from the ULOTC and the ULRNU to Bakers' Hall for meetings and as guests at dinners and other social functions. In this way, the students learn more about the City of London and business generally. In addition, the two units have provided splendid Guards of Honour at the Company's Election Banquet, held at the Mansion House by kind permission of the Lord Mayor.
In 2014 the Bakers Company formally Adopted 815 Naval Air Aquadron, based at Yeovilton in Somerset.
815 NAS is the parent squadron of the Lynx HMA.Mk.8 (soon to be the new Wildcat) helicopter flights that embark in the Fleet's frigates and destroyers. These carry out missile/gun armed anti-surface warfare, torpedo armed anti sub warfare, recce, surveillance, search and rescue, stores/personnel transfer and a wealth of other utility tasks.
On any one day, there will be flights in the North and South Atlantic, the Gulf/Horn of Africa, Caribbean and elsewhere as well as around UK. Key current roles are counter -piracy, -drug running, -terrorism where the speed of reaction, range and surveillance equipment in the helicopter make it the primary asset (not to mention the sniper to shoot out the smuggler's boat engines!).
Typically a flight has a Lynx with 1 pilot, 1 observer, 7 maintainers and an aircraft controller. They operate autonomously from the squadron for periods of 6 months or more deployed from UK anywhere in the world. However, 815 prepares the flight, trains it, assures it (QA process) and provides engineering, admin, welfare support as required as well as continuing the QA by visiting the flight periodically while it is away.
The squadron also has a very high readiness flight based in UK for 'national contingency ops' and carries out a significant proportion of on-job training as the final part of an aircraft engineer's training.
Celebrating 100 years of the RAF Small Arms Association.
Past Master Colin Sach organises a rifle shooting event at RAFSAA Bisley every year which raises funds for charity and the Bakers Company is delighted to be able to support the Association in this way.
On Friday 25th June, the RAFSAA celebrated their 100th anniversary by opening a new accommodation block on their site. Air Vice Marshall Harvey Smyth was present to cut the ribbon, and also a spectacular cake provided by Brooklands Bakery college. The superb decoration was the handiwork of Sue Haskell, Bakery and Sugar craft lecturer at the college, and was much admired and appreciated at the event.
Please see the RAFSSA tweet here a tweet about the event: https://www.rafsportsfederation.uk/sports/raf-small-arms-association/