Our Young Apprentices present their final bakes to the Directors
The baking apprentices at Bells of Lazonby have created their own fantastic cakes, from idea conception to manufacturing line finish. They completed their Level 3 apprenticeship in partnership with Kendal College.
Beth, 22, Danny, 22, Debbie, 23 and Jake, 24 – are all keen young bakers at Bells of Lazonby and had already gained their L2 Baking apprenticeship, in which they acquired skills in the basics of baking from tutor demonstrations.
Their L3 brief was to design an eye catching cake, with an acceptable shelf-life for a retailer or food service. They also had to calculate key costings and commercials for their project. The students carried out trials of their final cake specifications on the production line with the support of their bakery colleagues in the factory. They concluded their L3 qualification by pitching their products to the Bells & Kendal College Directors in a Board room style meeting.
Michael Bell, Managing Director, said: “I was a little concerned that some of the apprentices would be nervous when showcasing their projects, but they all did extremely well and showed a great depth of confidence of their products and how they might work in practice on the production line.
“I am immensely proud of them and can not wait to see where their journey takes them.”
Some of the gluten, wheat & dairy cakes created include Debbie’s golden Fruit & Chocolate Chip cookies – which are also suitable for the vegan market. In addition, there were Beth’s tasty Carrot cake slices – ideal for supermarket multi-packs.
The tutors from Kendal College – Susan & Julie – said that they were very proud of the students and would miss them dearly.
Julie said: “They are an eclectic mix of students with a range of skills, who have helped bring out the best in each other drawing on each other’s skills where needed.”
The students are now looking ahead to their future and have all been promoted across the business.