Palethorpes Bakery inspires the next generation of food manufacturers

Our site in Market Drayton, Palethorpes Bakery, has partnered with Longlands Primary School to teach their pupils about the exciting careers available in the food industry.

Children at Longlands Primary School aged five to seven attended an assembly led by our team from Palethorpes Bakery who talked through the different job roles at the site and how they each play a part in making its savoury rolls, pies, pastries and slices for own-label supermarket and leading brands Wall’s Pastry and Pork Farms.

Key to the event was an emphasis on the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) knowledge and skills required for these positions.

The pupils were then tasked with designing their own themed product. The winner was Caoimhe Murphy, who was awarded a baking kit complete with chef’s hat, apron, rolling pin, chocolate chips and cookie cutters. Shortlisted entries were also given a Betty Crocker baking mix and a voucher for a selection of bakes from the bakery. Our Palethorpes team will also be returning to the school early next year to speak with Key Stage 2 pupils.

Palethorpes Bakery specialises in tasty chilled savoury rolls, savoury hot pies, pastries, and slices since 1852, with a reputation for quality and innovation.

On the partnership, Leanne Massey senior HR manager at Palethorpes Bakery said:

“It’s extremely important at The Compleat Food Group that we support the communities in which we operate in, we couldn’t be more pleased with our latest careers event at Longlands Primary School.

“It’s important to teach children about what great careers there are in the food industry, encourage them to study STEM subjects and inspire the next generation of food manufacturers. The children were really engaged. What’s more, their designs were brilliant and so creative!

“Congratulations to our winner Caoimhe with their design of a sausage and bacon roll covered in sweetcorn, and to all of the children for taking part – we certainly have some future food innovators in the town!”

Lisa Millington, head teacher at Longlands Primary School, added: “We were thrilled to welcome the Palethorpes team to Longlands Primary School as we are always keen to strengthen our links with the community. We believe that it is vital for children to learn about local companies and the roles that are involved.

“The children loved learning about the various careers available in the industry and the jobs they can aspire to in the future, as well as having lots of fun designing their own products for the competition. We are greatly anticipating the Key Stage 2 event next year.”

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