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Ash­leigh Day Age: 20 Sta­tus: Hap­pily sin­gle What’s your job? Bak­ing Ap­pren­tice at Ear­lyrise Bak­ing Com­pany. I’m the first fe­male ap­pren­tice in the bread sec­tion, and I would love for another fe­male ap­pren­tice to join the team! Have you al­ways wanted to be a bak­ing ap­pren­tice? I’ve al­ways

loved bak­ing – I used to bake with my mum and Nanna all the time. Mum makes an amaz­ing mar­ble cheese­cake. I have tried to help her, but I think I will stick with the bread side of things (laughs).

I never re­ally thought bak­ing could be a ca­reer, un­til I saw a po­si­tion ad­ver­tised by Ear­lyrise Bak­ing. I orig­i­nally ap­plied to be in the cake sec­tion, with no pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence in a work­place, and was un­suc­cess­ful. An op­por­tu­nity came up to work at the Wool­shed Café in Peak Hill, which is the area I live in. I knew that they get or­ders from Ear­lyrise, and I thought that would look good on my re­sume when the next op­por­tu­nity arose to ap­ply at Ear­lyrise again. It was an amaz­ing lit­tle café. And then the po­si­tion of Bread Ap­pren­tice came up and I got the job at Ear­lyrise! Best part of your job? I just think the peo­ple are amaz­ing. I re­ally do think that they are a sec­ond fam­ily. They are all so sup­port­ive. And not just in my sec­tion – from pack­ing to cake mak­ing, they are all amaz­ing. What are you most look­ing for­ward to as you con­tinue train­ing? I’m re­ally, re­ally ex­cited to learn how to make sour­dough. My Pro­duc­tion Su­per­vi­sor, Nathan, has me set the sour­dough cul­ture most nights now. Sweet or savoury? I’m go­ing to have to go sweet, just not jam! Best ad­vice your mother gave you? She’s given me a lot of ad­vice! Do what makes your soul happy. If you could be in­vis­i­ble for one day, what would you do? I don’t

think I’d want to be in­vis­i­ble, I bump into peo­ple enough!

Favourite quote/say­ing? It’s not about wait­ing for the storm to pass, it’s about learn­ing to dance in the rain.

Some­thing you can’t live with­out? My dogs, I love my dogs. And my fam­ily. In that or­der! Naugh­ti­est thing you did when you were a child? I used to do

prank calls when I was about five. And one day they called back. They got in con­tact with my mum and I got into trou­ble over that! Three words to de­scribe me are... pos­i­tive, happy, en­er­getic

Photo: Wendy Mer­rick

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