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March 15th, 2012

Crafting her own career

Holly Jamieson, 19, is five months into a three-year long apprenticeship – the Level 4 National Certificate in Craft Baking. Here’s what Holly has to say about her career to date and her plans for the future in the baking industry. I work at… The Windmill Quality Cake Shop, a second generation family business. We design and make cakes to meet client’s specific requests. And as well as making great cakes, the shop offers a wide range of quality products, prepared to the highest standards. When I left school… I knew I wanted to work in the food industry but I thought I wanted to be a chef. Straight after school I completed both a Chefing and a Baking course. Afterwards I realised I liked baking way more, so I enrolled into this apprenticeship. Plus my Mum’s a baker too so it runs in the family – and she helps teach me the tricks of the trade! A typical day at work involves… starting at 5am to make the breads. It sounds early but it doesn’t bother me – you get used to it quickly. Once I’ve finished the breads I move on to working on the cakes. We get to finish at 1.30pm on a normal day, and sometimes even 12.30pm – it’s great to finish a day’s work so early! The best thing about my job is… I get to be creative and I’m not stuck in an office. Being creative though doesn’t mean you have to be good at art in school, you learn how to decorate and be artistic as part of the job. Another bonus is that an apprenticeship means you get paid while you learn, and my employers are really supportive in helping me progress through the qualification. The hardest part is… lifting heavy trays out of the oven! You would love this job if… you have attention to detail, the determination to get out of bed early, great time management to juggle all the products you need to bake, and you like being hands-on and creative. In the future I plan to… eventually travel overseas to gain some international experience. Then I hope to come back and join the navy as a chef and baker. It’s exciting seeing where this job can lead - baking opens lots of doors!