Baker Tom’s Bread
Baker Tom’s Bread was so impressed with their first ever apprentice that they hired two more.
Baker Tom’s Bread began life in Tom Hazzeldine’s kitchen more than ten years ago and has come a long way since he baked his first loaves of fresh bread for a local farm shop. Today, Baker Tom’s Bread products are available wholesale throughout Cornwall and Devon, and the company has four shops, two cafes and employs 64 people. The company supplies bread products to popular restaurant chain Hubbox among many others.
The business initially decided to employ an apprentice after they struggled to recruit employees due to a shortage of skilled bakers in the county – a good baker requires a specialised skillset and passion for the job. By employing an apprentice, the company had the opportunity to train in-house and shape staff for the future.
Training provider CCB Training, part of the Cornwall College Group, works with Baker Tom’s Bread to support its apprentices.
Baker Tom’s Bread was impressed with how their initial bakery apprentice flourished, working alongside the existing team at the business.
Mark Hocking, Production Manager at Baker Tom’s Bread, said: “It’s exciting to have apprentices here work alongside our existing teams, to watch them flourish is rewarding to us all. Our apprentices bring fresh ideas and thoughts about existing and new products, which is energising for the future.
“Baker Tom’s has found that taking on apprentices is very beneficial to our business. Our first apprentice has developed into a strong baker, strengthening the team and moving forward with new ideas and innovations. We are very excited to support two more apprentices with their long career journey with our company, and we are looking forward to the future.”
Rikke Jenson, an apprentice currently working with Baker Tom’s Bread, said: “The apprenticeship has increased my confidence and understanding of the baking industry.
“I chose to take on an apprenticeship as it provides the flexibility of working while studying and learning new skills, setting me up for opportunities in the workplace for the future.”