Birmingham employers whipped themselves into shape to beat off the competition in a bake-off at University College Birmingham for National Apprenticeship Week. Teams of two from Jericho Foundation, Moseley Hall Hospital, The Salon, Midland Heart Housing Association and UCB itself went spatula to spatula in the Victoria sponge challenge, part of a week-long line-up of events to mark the UK awareness week.
Against stiff competition, it was Helen Worrall and Ann Jarvis from Jericho, who were delighted to take the trophy, the other teams getting in a bit of a jam with their masterpieces.
Jacob Walker, Employer Contracts Officer at UCB, said the event at one of UCB’s training kitchens was great fun – with a few of the cakes having more than a soggy bottom – and gave employers the chance to meet and talk about their apprenticeship experiences.
“Aside from my team coming second from last, the bake-off was a brilliant, less formal way to bring together some of the employers who provide the on-the-job training elements of our growing number of apprenticeship schemes,” he said.
“We have always had great links with industry, but with the current drive on apprenticeships and employers wanting more tailored programmes that are relevant and truly benefit their businesses, we are building even more engagement and developing exciting new opportunities.
The bake-off was judged by Rebecca Chitty, owner of Birmingham’s Chitty’s Cakes, Assistant Dean of UCB’s College of Food Samantha Dowle and UCB assessor Johnny Robson. Bakery apprentice Jessica Dalton, who now works at the University while studying for a degree after completing a Level 3 Bakery Apprenticeship, was also on judging panel.
Reproduced from the Jericho website. Jericho works with people who experience significant personal or occupational barriers to employment, training or social inclusion. To find out more about their work go to jericho.org.uk.