Baker backs apprentice scheme

ONE OF Cult’s most famous grocer and bakery businesses which has been on the go for more than 100 years thinks it has found the icing on the cake – modern apprentices!

Thursday, 17th May 2012, 10:30 am

Bosses at Kelly of Cults, located in the busy suburbs of Cults and Insch, are urging other employers to consider taking on trainees as the second Scottish Apprenticeship Week (May 21 to 25) gets underway.

Bakery manager Jonathan Kelly believes having properly trained staff is vital to the ongoing success of a family-run business.

He adds: “The modern apprenticeship programme, supported by Skills Development Scotland, helps us to give young people a foothold in the industry. They quickly become part of the team and we rely on them to work hard and play their part in the business.”

Gary McAllister, 20, has completed his SVQ Level 2 bakery Modern Apprenticeship with Kelly and Cults, and is now working towards Level 3.

“I work on the nightshift, preparing the breads, buns and scones and so on, for the next day,” explains Gary. “I have learned a lot and hopefully I can either stay on with the company or use the training I’ve received here to work as a baker elsewhere.”

John McClelland, Chair of Skills Development Scotland, said: “It has never been more important for businesses across Scotland to grow and develop a skilled workforce. Employers can find out how they can access support to help them to employ apprentices by calling our helpline on 0800 783 6000 or going onto our website”

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