Chris Wainwright, production director at Coopland & Son (Scarborough), revealed to British Baker, in an exclusive video interview, the benefits of the company setting up its own bakery college.The firm saw a group of 15 bakery apprentices complete year one of its first in-house training programme last November.Wainwright told British Baker about the benefits of Cooplands conducting its own specially-designed Diploma for Proficiency in Baking Industry Skills.The company has selected two course tutors to conduct the Diploma, both of which have spent time working in Coopland’s factories to understand in detail the manufacturing systems and processes. This has been implemented to deliver content specific to the business’ individual requirements.Catherine Postance, a Level 3 NVQ apprentice at Cooplands, who was awarded with the first Apprentice of the Year accolade at an awards ceremony at Hull College, said undergoing the bespoke course was a benefit to her career going forward, due to having the comfort of the name of the business behind her.To read the full story, click here.
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The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics continued its Students Talk Back event in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center on Wednesday afternoon with a discussion entitled, “The Cost of Higher Education: The Community College Debate, Student Loans and Rising Tuition,” which focused on issues of community college tuition in the wake of President Barack Obama’s proposal to make tuition free for community college students.The panel featured Larry Gordon, higher education reporter for the Los Angeles Times; Dr. Bill Scroggins, President of Mt. San Antonio College, the largest community college in California; Samantha Archie, involvement director of USC College Democrats; and Brian Burley; a member of the USC College Republicans.Co-moderators included Kerstyn Olsen, director of the Unruh Institute, and Sarah Dhanaphatana, news editor of the Daily Trojan.The panel opened with a question about the current state of community college in California and how the attraction of free tuition might dissuade students from completing their degree.Dhanaphatana began by listing statistical information released by the L.A. Times to inform the audience on numerical issues regarding community college enrollment.“About half the students enrolled in California community colleges take more than four years to graduate,” Dhanaphatana quoted. “Among full time students who entered community college in 2007, over 35,000 had not earned their degrees within three years and most were not currently enrolled in college”.However, Gordon did not view the discouraging statistics as a product of poor financial aid.“Tuition in California for community colleges is the lowest in the country by far,” Gordon said.Instead, he argued that the reason why so many people drop out of community college is because kids are not adequately prepared by their high school education. Therefore, difficult college courses discourage kids from continuing their education.The conversation then shifted over to the criticism that Obama’s free college tuition initiative would encourage students to attend community college for free even if they were admitted to an accredited four year institution.Scroggins disagreed, referring to how completion for transfer requirements do take significantly longer.“Of [students who attend community college full time despite being admitted to a four year institution], within three years 70 percent of them complete the requirements for transfer, so I don’t think the criticism that [community colleges] are not a good avenue to transfer is a valid criticism of Obama’s proposal,” Scroggins said.Olsen then asked how Obama’s proposal might affect overall student debt.“Some of [Obama’s] opponents have criticized this proposal saying that it doesn’t have a lot of details on how it would be financed,” Olsen said.Both Burley and Gordon agreed that the financial aid programs the country uses currently such as, Pell and Cal grants, need to be augmented in addition to Obama’s programs.“Investment has not kept up with the cost of education,” Gordon said.Burley expanded on the idea by suggesting that the country should reinvest in high school education when it connects to higher education.According to Burley this would better prepare students for what to expect from the college experience.“It would enhance our high school education and would give people the opportunity to know what they want to major in,” Burley said.The conversation then shifted topics to the correlation between Obama’s community college initiative and the supposed “skills gap” between California workers.Scroggins explained that the community college initiative does not fix the issue of the skills barrier.“I think that providing a free avenue to access community colleges doesn’t address the main issue of a skills gap,” Scroggins said. “What we need are incentives for colleges to align their curriculum with the needs of employers, and for employers to be part of the education system.”The final question of the event discussed the idea of 15 California community colleges starting to offer bachelor’s degrees.Burley was in favor of the idea and explained that offering bachelor’s degrees in community colleges will result in higher skilled workers and wages.“I think Obama’s pushing this so much, and as a result the work force will be more skilled,” Burley said. “I think Any time you do that you have higher skilled workers, higher wages. I think that’s the big positive.”Scroggins agreed, but explained that the 21 states that offer bachelor’s degrees through community colleges fail to recognize that technical majors require a longer period of training.“So 21 states around the nation — a lot of community colleges offer bachelor’s degrees, but they’re not in philosophy,” Scroggins said. “They’re in technical and applied fields, and those fields really require more and more training. To be a computer technician, or to be a medical lab technician, or to be a registered nurse, two years isn’t enough anymore.”
The American Soybean Association (ASA) criticized the decision of Rail Grain Receivers (RGR) to import as much as 75,000 metric tons of soybean meal (the equivalent of nearly 3.5 million bushels of soybeans) from Brazil despite the availability of low cost domestic supplies of high quality U.S. soybean meal.”This decision to import soybean meal when we have the largest U.S. supplies of soybeans and soybean meal, as well as the lowest prices we’ve seen in over a decade, makes no sense.” said ASA President Mike Yost, a soybean producer from Murdock, Minn. “Trade sources and market analysts tell us RGR is most likely losing $5.00 per ton on this deal, so it is hard to understand why these companies would turn their backs on the very farmers who have supported them during hard times.”ASA has repeatedly asked Rail Grain Receivers and its members to reconsider their decision. Today, however, ASA learned that the first of three intended shipments is now enroute and scheduled to dock in Wilmington, N.C. by Friday on a ship named the Calypso N.Rail Grain Receivers, Inc., of Rosehill, N. Carolina, is a cooperative buying group whose members include Murphy Family Farms, Carroll/Smithfield, Prestage Farms, Nash Johnson & Sons Farms, and Goldsboro Milling. The group has cited high domestic transportation costs as the reason the company is importing meal.”U.S. soybean farmers have worked hard to supply the world’s livestock industry with high-quality, affordable soy protein. We have also worked hard on transportation issues—making sure that our product can be delivered efficiently,” added Yost. “We’re anxious to work with RGR to address any transportation issues that may be impeding the competitive delivery of U.S. soybeans and meal to the southeast, but we need the group to share details of transportation rates, purchase prices, etc., if we are to be helpful.”Cost estimates compiled by the ASA from the sources and market analysts (see below) were provided to RGR for review and comment last month. ASA asked RGR representatives to share the details of the purchase so that ASA could more effectively address any legitimate transportation issues affecting the U.S. grain and livestock industries. At this time, RGR has not provided ASA with any information about their intended purchase. ASA is still hoping the group will share all transactional details on a confidential basis so that ASA can help address any issues which may exist.”ASA has repeatedly asked RGR to be forthcoming with information and to reconsider their decision to import”, Yost said. “We want to work with RGR to make sure that U.S. soybean farmers remain the top quality suppliers of affordable soybean meal, but we can’t work with them if we don’t have the information we need to solve the problem.”ASA and soybean farmers clearly recognize and sincerely appreciate the domestic pork and poultry industries as their best customers of soybean meal. ASA recognizes that the health of these two industries is closely linked. That is why ASA works closely with the pork and poultry industries on state and national legislative and trade issues, and why soybean farmers are investing over $3 million in soybean checkoff funds this year alone in pork and poultry export promotion efforts.”We were extremely disappointed to learn that the first shipment is ready to dock”, Yost said. “By their action, Murphy Farms, Nash Johnson & Sons Farms, Prestage Farms, Carroll/Smithfield and Goldsboro Milling are taking about $16 million out of the pockets of U.S. soybean farmers at a time of their greatest need.”Estimated Costs for Rail Grain Receivers to Import Meal From Paranagua, BrazilCompiled by ASA from Various Trade Sources & Market Analysts(all figures are in short tons)The most aggressive known Brazilian trade at the time of Rail Grain Receivers’ purchase was $15/ton under U.S. soybean meal prices on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT).Cost of Brazilian Soybean Meal$15.00/ton savings under U.S. CBOT meal prices14.50/ton ocean freight costs to port of Wilmington, NC5.50/ton put-through costs (port charges, unloading, elevation, etc.)4.50/ton truck freight from port to feed mills3.00/ton grinding costs (since Brazilian meal is pelletized)8.00/ton quality spread between Brazilian and U.S. meal (Brazilian 47.5% Profat meal is higher fiber, lower protein, etc. than U.S. 48% HiPro meal)3.50/ton U.S. import tariff1.00/ton shrink$25.00/ton cost over U.S. CBOT meal prices which in early April were about $136/ton$136 + $25 = $161/ton cost of Brazilian soybean meal delivered to company feedmillsCost of U.S. Soybean MealU.S. meal to companies was selling for $19-$20/ton over U.S. CBOT meal pricesConclusion: Murphy Farms, Carroll/Smithfield, Prestage Farms, Nash Johnson & Sons Farms, and Goldsboro Milling are likely losing $5 per ton in order to import Brazilian soybean meal.