Where does everyone find their qualified bakery employees? I pay well but I'm having a difficult time finding qualified employees...I'm located in Central Pennsylvania. My biggest issue is finding someone that can torte and properly ice a cake, the rest can easily be taught.
Maybe advertise your openings at the local Wilton classes? I would think anyone having completed all 3 levels would be able to fill your needs. Don't forget the enthusiastic hobby baker too - I've never had a cake decorating lesson in my life, but I can certainly torte and ice a cake properly. Apart from that, I guess culinary schools would be the place to look?!
I was also going to suggest culinary schools, but also your local Tech schools, who offer a culinary program. You might be able to work out an intern-type deal.
My local high school also has a culinary program.
The best employee I have I trained completely from scratch. She is a great worker and has a wonderful personality for dealing with customers, she just had never really done any baking or decorating before. I let her go through all the Wilton classes first just to get familiar with all the products, etc. Then I let her do "practice" cakes every so often just to start to learn the basics. She now bakes all my cut-out cookies and some cakes. She is learning on icing, etc., but can do simple stuff for the fresh case and is a willing spirit which is half the battle! She can make all the icing too, which saves a ton of time! Considering I work with her 8-10 hours a day, 5 days a week, her personality is as important as anything, we have to be able to get along!
cakerybakery what part of pa are you in? im in berks county maybe i can refer people to you. if your close i would love to help
Will my pay include gas from Detroit?
Where in "central pa", I am dying to work in a bakery/cakery since I am new to this but there are really not too many around me. I am in central jersey, about 10 minutes east of PA.
Thanks everyone for the responses
We're located in Harrisburg Pa. Already did the intern/extern thing. Got one good one, and one ok one.