When it comes to one’s career path, the baking industry is falling behind as a choice for the working sector in Vietnam. New skills and techniques are needed in order to uplift craft bakeries as they continue to enter the industry alongside in-store bakers and bakery chains.
In line with elevating the call for improving the Vietnamese baking industry, ASSIST partnered with Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG), SAF-Viet, and Ly Tu Trong College (LTTC) to launch the Baking training to Augment Knowledge and Entrepreneurial Development (BAKE) project that will run from March 2019 to January 2021. This project aims to develop the Vietnamese baking trade by focusing on teaching and molding the skills and techniques of craft bakers and in result, expand the pursuit for the baking industry in Vietnam. Given this, a vocational training center was established in Ho Chi Minh City, which offers specialized skills training for aspiring craft bakers.
In 2019, the Baking Training Centre was established at the Ly Tu Trong College and the training programs were set and conducted with the first batch of trainees. However, with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, many training sessions and activities were on-hold from March to April. With strong procedures and policies in place, activities were able to resume in late May, and on June 3, 2020, 14 students from the first batch of the training program graduated and received their course completion certificate. Alongside this momentous occasion was the Opening Ceremony where 32 students were welcomed and formed part of the second batch of trainees.
With qualified trainers and committed craft bakers, the BAKE project continues to provide training and opportunities for the students to grow as bakers and contribute to the future of the Vietnamese baking industry
Contributed by: Myda Fernando