Guild Celebrates Bakers Since 1155, Looking for More

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Worshipful Company of Bakers crest
  • Worshipful Company of Bakers crest
You know who does unions right? England, that's who.

For instance, if you're a baker in Nashville, you can join local 775 of UNITE HERE, a union descended from HERE (Hotel and Restaurant Employees), which was founded about 1891. Pretty impressive history.

But if you're a baker in London, you can join the Worshipful Company of Bakers, which has been representing bakers since 1155. Top that. It makes baking seem so ... professional and serious. And, it's fun to say.

The offices are near the Tower of London, next to the Thames. The guild has recently begun a push to train more bakers with a course finder.

It got me thinking about unemployed people looking to retrain, and high school students facing uncertain futures. The culinary trade is a good place to be right now, and it works well for young and mature alike. You could opt for Nashville State Community College's very good culinary certificate program (2 semesters, about $1500 per semester ) or associate degree (four semesters).

On the other hand, consider how great it would look on a résumé to get a degree from a London baking course (about $3000 for a Level 1 diploma in 36 weeks). And then you could join the Worshipful Company of Bakers.

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