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.
Bursary Courses 2022
The Worshipful Company of Bakers is delighted to offer the two Bursary Courses planned for 2022. All the information regarding the courses and the application process is in the document below. Please read this carefully. If you wish to apply, please complete the on-line form by pressing the button below. Good Luck!
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.
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.
London South Bank University LSBU (The National Bakery School)
University College Birmingham UCB
Blackpool and the Fylde College Liverpool College Sheffield College
Every year the top student from a university is awarded, The Freedom of the Company an incentive for their hard work.
2019 Ms. Bethanie Dove LSBU
Miss Natalie Brown UCB
2020 Ms. Caroline Jeevachandran LSBU
Miss Katie Garrett UCB
The Company also offers competition prizes at the ABST yearly conference. One special prize is The Master Cup for the best loaf.
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.
Availability of places on such courses will in future be advertised on this website.
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/
For Primary School pupils:
Breadmaking in the classroom:
For lesson packs and other resources: https://www.sustainweb.org/realbread/lessons_in_loaf
https://cassieliversidge.com/lessons-in-loaf Cassie will come into the school to run a breadmaking day with your pupils. Have a look at the YouTube video to see how it works.
A video sponsored by UK Flour Millers describing the journey of bread from farm to slice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-yDLlaB8_Q
Teaching resources about bread (and other foods) for ages 3-16: https://foodafactoflife.org.uk/search-results?q=Bread
For Secondary School students:
FFL is a comprehensive, progressive education programme which communicates up-to-date, evidence-based, consistent and accurate messages around ‘food’ to all those involved in education.
There are many bakery courses available at universities and colleges around the UK and Ireland:
The National Bakery School is the oldest bakery school in the world and is based at London Southbank University and offers degree courses in bakery:
University College Birmingham also offers Level 2 and Level 3 courses as well as a foundation degree course in baking:
Leeds City College:
Lincoln College of Further Education:
Moulton College Northants:
Brooklands College, Weybridge
Neath Port Talbot, Wales:
Cardiff and Vale College, Wales:
Blackpool and the Flyde College:
City of Glasgow College:
Reaseheath College, Nantwich:
South Eastern Regional College (Northern Ireland):
Open College Network (Northern Ireland):
Belfast Met College:
Limerick Youth Service:
Technological University Dublin:
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology:
Cenit College , County Kildare: email@example.com
Unit 11 H Maynooth Business Campus
Co. Kildare, Ireland
For students with Special Educational Needs:
Prior’s Court is a registered charity providing education and residential care for young people with complex autism aged 5-25, helping them to build brighter, more independent futures.
United Response is a charity that provides support to people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs, at home and in the community.
The Down's Syndrome Association are here to support and walk along life's journey with both old and young people living with Down's Syndrome.
The Ashburton Cookery School is one of the UK's top cookery schools offering over 40 inspirational cookery courses for home cooks of all skill levels.
Step and Stone Bakery make delicious, handmade Lavosh flatbread in Bristol; and are working to close the employment gap among people with learning disabilities.
Disability Rights UK have information about funding support for students with disabilities as they move into further education
Baking For Life: an introduction to baking and bakery education for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities
Bread, Cakes and Daily Bakes: an introduction to the baking industry and bakery education for Secondary school students
Who Puts the Bread in my Toaster?: an introduction to the bakery industry for Primary school pupils.
Bakels Innovation Centre: Tuesday 14th – Thursday 16th September 2021
The Worshipful Company of Bakers is delighted to announce a further course at the Bakels Innovation Centre located at Bicester on Oxfordshire.
Please be advised this course is now fully booked.
Overseas Summer Course Richemont
It is with regret the Worshipful Company of Bakers announce the Richemont School Course has been reset to April 24-29 2022
Please be advised this course is now fully booked.
The School of Artisan Food at Welbeck 18-22 July 2022.
This will be a 4-5 day course. Application forms are not yet available - Coming Soon!
There is a private Facebook Group for all those who have attended one of our Overseas Courses.