Bakery student Yvonne Washington

Yvonne Washington - Professional Bakery L3

Fifty-eight-year-old Yvonne Washington first worked in a bakery in her 20s and two years ago, having not worked for over 20 years, decided to come back to college to get a professional qualification.

Yvonne, who first did a Level 2 qualification in professional bakery before moving on to the Level 3 course, said: “The industry has changed a lot in 20 years and it’s been very interesting learning about modern techniques and new production processes.

“I’ve particularly enjoyed learning how to make a range of artisan breads and the traditional techniques involved, such as the use of natural ingredients and the ‘slow dough’ process, as this is something I hadn’t done before.

“I was apprehensive about going back to studying after such a long time but it’s been great being back at college and I’m really sorry that I’ve now finished the course.  But all my hard work has paid off as I’ve been offered a job as a confectioner and cake decorator in a new bakery in Birmingham.

“The whole experience has been great and the thrill of passing the course and getting a job has been amazing – when I got the call offering me the position I was delighted!”

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