Catherine Bainbridge – Food Manufacture (Bakery)
Catherine Bainbridge could be described as somewhat of a rising star.
On completion of her Level 3 Diploma in Professional Bakery at Leeds City College, she has gone straight into employment with the UK’s largest bakery brand – Warburtons.
Catherine, 21, initially took the academic route, studying AS levels, before changing to vocational studies, gaining a Level 2 Professional Chefs Diploma.
She came to Leeds City College after deciding on a career change, focussing on bakery and food manufacture to fulfil an interest in the food science elements of the industry.
At college Catherine has had ample opportunity to enhance her skills with industrial experience, including an all-expenses paid trip to France with work experience in a traditional bakery as part of a competition prize.
She was also among students chosen to meet The Duke of York when HRH visited the College this year during National Apprenticeship Week and gave him a demonstration of her bread-making skills.
Catherine was encouraged to apply for a trainee test baker position at Warburtons, and after two interview stages, was delighted to be offered the job on completion of her studies. The College then worked with her so she could complete practical assessments and theory-based assignments on a fast-track basis to enable her to start on the arranged date.
“From principally starting out with an unsure career plan, I am now working at the UK’s largest bakery brand.”
Catherine travels the country visiting bakeries, continuing to develop her knowledge and skills.