Sunflower Bakery’s intensive and results-oriented Pastry Arts Employment Training Program prepares our students for employment in bakeries, supermarkets, restaurants, catering companies and other food-related businesses. The program includes:
In addition, we add a few special ingredients to increase success:
Designated Support Person. Each student must have such a support person (e.g., family member, social worker, friend, service provider or other person/agency representative) who will provide support during training, internship and employment.
Job Preparation. We help develop good work skills, appropriate work behaviors, attitudes, and values. The industry-specific skills our students learn are applicable to a wide variety of fields and jobs. These highly transferable skills include closely following verbal and visual directions, precision and accuracy, efficiency, and problem-solving.
At Sunflower we:
You can also download the Curriculum as a PDF.
Sunflower’s 45-day Pastry Arts Curriculum is taught in our production kitchen. Students learn a structured curriculum, focused on technique and methods including measurement, ingredients, and use of equipment. This knowledge is applied to their preparation of pies, bars, cookies, quick breads, meringues, cakes, icings, fillings, decorating, packing and presentation.
There are two components of employee development training:
Under the supervision and tutelage of the chef-instructors, students work for 300 hours over a 4-month period on the production of Sunflower’s pastries and baked goods. Students are typically scheduled for four shifts, approximately 20 hours/week. In addition, our interns work at Café Sunflower for one week, learning essential customer service and front-of-house operations
During the internship, our staff works closely with students toward getting a job. Each student finishes the program with a Personal Portfolio to present during interviews. The Portfolio includes a resume’, personal statement and curriculum summary; ServSafe certificate; photographs of student’s work, and the Sunflower Bakery Certificate of Completion.
Short-term Job Monitoring
Once a graduate secures employment, our Employment Services Director will collaborate with the on-site supervisor to provide direct support as needed, during the first week of employment, and then ongoing monitoring during the first three months of employment. Our Employment Services Director will remain in contact with the employee and available to the on-site supervisor/employer for consultation/intervention for those three months.
Interested in our Employment Training program? We want to meet you and show you around our kitchen.
To arrange a visit to the Bakery, contact Sara Portman Milner, Director of Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.