AN award-winning bakery has unveiled plans for a new baking academy in Wrexham – the first of its kind in Wales.
Village Bakery is seeking planning permission for the Baking Academy and Innovation Centre on Wrexham Industrial Estate, next to its current two bakeries, so they can train the next generation of bakers.
The scheme also includes office space and a state-of-the-art innovation centre to develop and perfect new products.
The company is now reliant on gaining planning permission from Wrexham Council.
Village Bakery is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year and the development is seen as an important building block for future expansion.
Director Christien Jones briefed Clwyd South AM Ken Skates on the plans during a visit to the bakery.
He also met two young people who have gained permanent jobs after spending time at Village Bakery on 10-week placements as part of the Go Wales Scheme.
Kieren Windsor, 22, now works in the firm’s marketing department while Lauren Roberts, 24, is employed in the HR department.
Mr Skates said: “Village Bakery is a superb, responsible employer that invests in innovation and employees and I am very excited about the firm’s plans.”
As part of the 80th anniversary celebration, the company has just had a major rebranding, from packaging to delivery vehicles.
Mr Jones said: “These are exciting times for us at the Village Bakery and I was grateful to have the opportunity to share our plans for the Baking Academy and Innovation Centre with Mr Skates.
“The training we offer at the Village Bakery isn’t just vocational training, it’s all the way up to higher education and we have links to universities and Go Wales.
“Training and innovation have been an important part of our success and most of our managers and supervisors have come up through the ranks after starting as apprentices.
“Before we expand any more, we need fresh people coming in with fresh ideas and skills.”