In December 2002 a management decision was taken by Mr Thomas Adams our Managing Director to introduce an NVQ Bakery Training program for our bakery staff. It was becoming impossible to recruit any trained bakery staff, and the day release to the local college was not suitable for the training that the company required.
Mr Philip Mitchell, formerly a full time bakery lecturer and more recently a senior demonstrator for Unifine Dohler UK, was appointed as Training Officer. Thomas Danby College in Leeds, who are highly regarded within the bakery training industry was selected as the course provider for NVQ Bakery Training. Twenty two bakery staff diligently worked through NVQ Level 1, ably supported by Thomas Danby College staff, and achieved their goal in July 2003. The same staff will continue to work towards their NVQ Level 2 award this coming year. A further six supervisory staff are following the A2 Assessors Award. Ian Grace and James Cooper are currently attending Northampton College on a day release basis, following an NVQ Level 3 bakery course where theory subjects are covered in greater depth.
Oliver Adams Ltd are to implement NVQ Retail Training at Level 2 for their 21 shops with some 60 shop staff involved. Three senior shop managers/ manageresses will undertake the A2 Assessors Course to run concurrent with NVQ Level 2. In May 2002, Oliver Adams Ltd became a registered accredited training centre for the Royal Institute of Public Health. Since that date some 136 staff from both bakery and retail shop's have been successful in achieving their basic food hygiene and safety certificates. Oliver Adams Ltd is growing from strength to strength, encouraging all staff to achieve individual goals, this is reflected in a positive attitude throughout the workforce and bodes well for the future.