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There's nothing better than getting your hands in the dough,
and experiencing the work-a-day world of a baker and all the
challenges surrounding this trade
The Bread and Butter
Project is a great initiative with the goal of training and
providing employment opportunities for the disadvantaged. As a
registered charity, all profits are reinvested so the overall goals
are met. What a fantastic way to not only provide training and skills
to those who need help and support, but also to create some delicious
bread products at the same time.
The bread and butter project recruits 12 trainees per year. This
lucky dozen then spends the 12 months working on the job and
participating in an accredited traineeship program through TAFE NSW.
And we don't have to tell anyone about the great training provided by
the teachers at TAFE colleges in NSW.
Prospective trainees are typically referred by an agency, such as the
Migrant Resource Centre and Refugee Support Services. After
information sessions at the bakery, suitable candidates are invited to
a one-day trial, with the possibility of being invited to a subsequent
one-week trial, after which places will be offered.
All 12 selected trainees are fully paid and learn valuable new skills
as they work alongside qualified bakers. And this isn't a simulated
kitchen environment – it's the real deal! There's nothing better than
getting your hands in the dough, and experiencing the work-a-day world
of a baker and all the challenges surrounding this trade.
Funding for the Bread and Butter Project comes from a range of
sources. This includes families, corporate foundations, individuals,
church groups and the Federal Government's Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace Relations.
The artisan breads are sold to restaurants, cafes, caterers and
boutique supermarkets. This revenue is the mainstay of the income
generated to keep the project going.
As the project grows it's always looking for more volunteers and
there are a number of ways people can assist. English language
support, tutoring and market stall volunteers are highly sought after.
Tax-deductible donations are always welcome too.
If your taste buds are inspired, you can purchase The Bread and
Butter Project's bread products at various
locations across Sydney including markets and retailers.
So look out when you next go shopping. Your bread purchases could be
helping to support marginalised people who really need a break in life.