How to move from the auto industry into a bakery
Name: Richard Vandeham Age: 44 Former position: Worked in the automotive industry for 27 years New job: Franchisee and baker at Bakers Delight Dream job: I decided to become a Bakers Delight franchisee because a business of my own would allow me to invest in my family’s future. It was a drastic change, at first. As part of the process, I completed a series of recruitment stages that gave me a taste of what life as a baker and franchisee would be like. Not having any previous baking experience, this insight was invaluable. I had to train as a professional baker, which took four months. I found the early mornings were actually providing me more time to spend with my family. It was challenging but very rewarding because I could see the fruits of my labour.
Name: Paul Triglau Position: Baking lecturer, TAFE SA Regency Campus Experience: Co-founder of Paolo’s Artisan Bakery; current co-owner of Boulangerie 113 The course options: TAFE SA offers Certificate II in Retail Baking Assistance, Certificate III in Retail Baking (Combined), Certificate III and IV in Hospitality (Patisserie). Skill tips: The baking industry is a great career option for anyone interested in food. As a baker you will never be short of a job as there is a shortage of quality bakers. You must possess an excellent work ethic, good hand skills, be a quick worker and willing to learn. One of the great things about baking is that there are no split shifts but the starts can often be early. However, early starts are being phased out by technological advances.
Name: Michael Wilkins Position: Pastry chef, Aux Fines Bouches Skill tips: Training is the key for this industry. Always work towards improving your knowledge and skill base. Post-apprenticeship is when you really have to ensure you have a wellplanned career path in the direction you wish to go. Working with highly skilled people in hospitality gives you the motivation and encouragement to be adventurous and artistic with your product. While it is important to learn trade skills, business and people skills are just as crucial. Undertaking studies in business management gives you the ability to run a successful business, whether as an owner or a manager. A combination of these attributes is rarely found, at present, and would almost certainly ensure you would be in demand in the baking industry.
Name: Gabby Kelly Position: Group development manager and franchise recruitment, Bakers Delight Experience: Worked at Bakers Delight for 18 years Skill tips: Franchising is perfect for someone looking to start their own business, change their career or learn a new trade. It can open many doors to owning a successful business and is often less daunting than retraining on your own. But it doesn’t mean you don’t work as hard. You have to be dedicated and committed to learning a new skill set to ensure your business is reaching its full potential. Embrace the existing procedures and processes and take advantage of the resources. As a baker, you’ll be working in the customer service industry, so make sure your communication and service skills are strong.