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For immediate release: Wednesday 28 December 2016

SALMOND HAILS RISE OF BAKING AND SOCIAL ENTERPRISE 

Alex Salmond - "This is where to get some of the best bread and cakes in the city and to support something really worthwhile in our community."

MP for Gordon, Alex Salmond, has backed the Breadmaker, a social enterprise which works with adults with learning disabilities to provide them with vital work experience via an SQA apprenticeship programme.

Active since 2006, the Breadmaker operates from a high-quality bakery and coffeehouse on Rosemount Viaduct in Aberdeen, which is commercially focused upon producing a range of quality breads and confectionery sold in their shop and across the city's restaurants and hotels. 

The apprentice placement offers work experience for up to 25 adults with a learning disability within the bakery and coffee shop, giving apprentices an opportunity to maximise their skills and experience.

As well as achieving their SQA-approved qualifications, apprentices also have access to educational and constructive activities, events and outings, supported work placements with an external employer as well as a wide range of health and well-being therapies and activities. 
 
Profits of the Breadmaker are invested back into the enterprise, and in the 10 years of trading, over 80 adults with learning disabilities have undertaken the programme. Some apprentices have since gone on to enter into full-time employment.

This month, the Breadmaker announced that they had acquired a second property which will host an 'SQA academy', a hub for engaging with bigger groups focused on education, training, vocational qualifications and employment for those distanced from the job market.

Mr Salmond said:

"I popped into the Breadmaker around Christmas, and was happy to see that they are keeping up their good work in the kitchen and beyond. They make some of the best bread and cakes in the city, and its no surprise to hear that their fayre is in high demand across Aberdeen. 
"However, the real benefits come from the skills the people behind this fantastic project bestow upon those undertaking their apprentice programme.
"It is vital that equal opportunities in the workplace are available to all. The Breadmaker provides these and other invaluable life skills, to those who otherwise may have been excluded from society. This splendid initiative demonstrates the positive impact social enterprises can have upon our communities." 

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Notes to Editors

More information on the Breadmaker can be found via their website here: http://www.thebreadmaker.org.uk/