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March 19th, 2012

Supporting our future bakers

Attracting young blood into the baking industry is now more important than ever, after research conducted in 2011 revealed that 53% of New Zealand’s Food Manufacturing companies predict they will need at least one more skilled worker, this year or next. And baking represented the largest skills shortage in the industry, with 8% more bakers currently required to meet demand. That’s why BIANZ has teamed up with Competenz, the baking industry training organisation, in a collaborative effort to promote baking as a viable career pathway for our youth. The initiative will endorse Gateway – a programme run in secondary schools that supports senior students to undertake structured workplace learning across a range of industries and businesses, while continuing to study at school. The full effect of the partnership will be on display for all to see at Fine Foods New Zealand, held at the ASB showground from the 17th - 19th of June. Three gateway students, 16 years and over, who demonstrate potential and a keen interest in baking, will be selected to compete in a live competition. The young stars will be paired with experienced, qualified bakers from three different training providers - offering them a golden opportunity to showcase their skills in front of those that count in the industry. Contestants will have to craft a cake, bread and pastry to an Olympic theme, to be tasted and tested by a judging panel that is yet to be announced. The winner will take home an Apple iPad, a Slice magazine subscription, a chef’s jacket, and a $1000 Scholarship towards a baking qualification with Competenz. So if you want to watch our rising bakers compete, register for Fine Foods by visiting their website. And we’ll keep you posted as the plans are formed.