Media Release: Search is on for the Bakery Modern Apprentice of the Year

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CAMPBELL’S Bakery of Crieff was the location for the launch of the 2015 Bakery Modern Apprentice of the Year competition organised by Scottish Bakers, the trade association for bakers in Scotland.

Television personality, Michelle McManus, and Make a Wish Foundation’s Carolyn Thornton both attended the launch event, competing to see who could produce 250 empire biscuits first with the help of last year’s winner, Robert Garner, and runner-up, Sarah Dick.

Iain Campbell from Campbell’s Bakery was delighted to be hosting the launch event, saying:  “Last year, I was very proud to see one of my staff, Robert Garner win the James Allan Memorial Trophy which is presented to the winning apprentice.

“It is essential to protect the craft skills in our industry and this is a great competition to recognise the skills that apprentice bakers possess.”

The competition is being launched during Scottish Apprenticeship Week.

Alan Clarke, chief executive of Scottish Bakers, commented: “We are the largest provider of work-based bakery apprenticeships across the UK and it’s great to see Skills Development Scotland supporting the development of the skills, knowledge and competence of young people and employees within the food and drink sector in Scotland.

“Scottish Apprenticeship Week gives us the opportunity to highlight the key role that Modern Apprenticeships play in the Scottish food and drink sector and we are delighted to be launching the search for the Bakery Apprentice of the Year during this important week.”

Michelle McManus, who won ITV’s pop idol when she was 23, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to help launch the search for the Scotland’s next Bakery Modern Apprentice of the Year.

“There are so many fabulously talented young people in our country and with Scotland’s vast and wonderful larder at their disposal it’s set to be a competition with a recipe for five-star success.”

The launch is supporting the Make a Wish Foundation charity and Carolyn Thornton, their Scottish manager, was enthusiastic, saying: “We are delighted that this competition is being launched with the making of special Make a Wish empire biscuits and we would like to thank Campbell’s Bakery of Crieff their kind generosity.”

The completion is open to anyone completing a Scottish bakery Modern Apprenticeship and winners will be announced in September 2015.

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Editors Notes

Campbell’s Bakery is located at 59 King Street, Crieff PH7 3HB

Scottish Bakers was established in 1891 and since then we have represented and promoted the interests of the bakery trade in Scotland.

We aim to be an integral part of each member’s business by providing support for bakers of all sizes.

We provide a valuable source of help, advice, information, assistance and skills development for bakers throughout Scotland.

But most importantly, Scottish Bakers belongs to its members, we are all there for their benefit and are proud of our motto, ‘for the good of all’.

PHOTO caption L-R Elizabeth Allan, Sarah Dick, Hamish Allan, Michelle McManus

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