A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE pennsauken high school
Bakery School UNITED STATES
On September 7, 2022, the Puratos Bakery School Foundation and Puratos USA opened the first U.S. Bakery School at Pennsauken High School in Pennsauken, New Jersey, 5 minutes away from the Puratos USA Headquarters.
Pennsauken High School is a highly diverse public high school in New Jersey, serving about 1200 students in the 9th-12th grades. The school boasts of strong vocational programs such as automotive technology, carpentry, culinary arts electrical trades, among others. The Bakery School is a perfect addition this list of career and technical offerings designed to provide students with employable credentials in high-demand fields right out of high school.
“We are thrilled to have the next Bakery School located at Pennsauken High School, just steps from our U.S. headquarters,” says Andy Brimacombe, President, Puratos U.S. & Pennant Ingredients. “We see a need in skilled talent to fill leadership positions in bakeries and baked goods manufacturing throughout the country. The impact these students can have on our industry and we on their futures is exponential.”
Seamlessly integrated into the high school curriculum, the four-year program consists of 1,600 hours of classwork in the disciplines of bakery, patisserie and chocolate and equips students with the practical knowledge and skills necessary for immediate employment. At the end of the program, the students will receive a Certificate in Baking & Pastry and an industry-recognized certification from the Retail Bakers of America.
The American Bakers Association has identified in their recent Workforce Gap Study that access to highly skilled, flexible workforce is the top business concern for the bakery industry. The new facility and program in Pennsauken High School will introduce skilled baking expertise into an industry that needs a sustainable pipeline of talent while providing life-changing opportunities for young people in the region. Even while in its infancy in the US, the program has been awarded Best in Baking top honors for Workforce Development at the 2022 International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) in Las Vegas, NV USA.
TESTIMONIAL JAYLEEN ARIAS
“I love this program and look forward to it every day! I like the way we work in teams as we bake bread and pastries together. We also collaborate with other classes. For example, we made pizza with the Culinary Class and learned from each other. I am not good at meeting new people, but this class brings everyone together. I am happy to be part of the Bakery School and committed to finishing the four-year program. When I graduate, I want to open a bakery or catering business with my family.”
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