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Strode College offers first baking apprenticeship in the South West

Strode College’s Employer Engagement team is continuing to develop strong working links with local businesses in the region, with the aim of enhancing the range of hospitality apprenticeship schemes. 

To extend their working links with local businesses, the college has collaborated with local, award-winning bakery ‘Burns the Bread’ to establish the first baking apprenticeship in the South West. 

Established in 1983, Burns the Bread is an iconic institution for the local area. Adding to their recent victory of being crowned ‘Best Bakery in Somerset’, Burns the Bread has now also been crowned both ‘Best Bakery in the South West’ and ‘Best Bakery in the UK’ at the National Bakery Awards.

Strode College are working in partnership with Dave Lovett, Operations Manager at Burns the Bread, to boost the number of skilled bakers in the region with the development of a new baking apprenticeship. 

This partnership and apprenticeship will enable structured and high-quality bakery training for young people and help Burns the Bread achieve its dream of boosting the number of skilled bakers in the region.

Strode College currently has four apprentices on the programme, with a further two about to join. They are completing the qualification by attending Burns the Bread’s new training centre one day a week to undertake training with Paul Bentley, Strode College’s Lead Hospitality Trainer and Assessor, and Henry Jeffries, Craft Baker from Burns the Bread.  They will deliver the full bakery apprenticeship then set a structured homework programme to support the coursework with regular on-site visits.

Paul Bentley, Lead Hospitality Trainer/Assessor with Strode College, said: “For myself, delivering a range of hospitality apprenticeships here with Strode College, I see this as a fantastic opportunity for bakers who want to develop their skills and knowledge and be recognised for that with a NVQ Bakery qualification.

“I think that it is a wonderful course, and that the partnership between two local providers is really getting the best from everyone and the bread that is hand made by the apprentices is just the best!”

To find out more about apprenticeships on offer at Strode College, visit the apprenticeships page online at:  Alternatively, contact the Employer Engagement team on 01458 844457 or

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