Only two days left until conference, so we thought it would be a great opportunity to let you know what is going to happen on the Friday afternoon when you arrive.
When you arrive at Alton Towers you will be able to collect your conference badge and check in to the hotel. You need to leave you bags in reception with the hotel staff and collect your key cards for your rooms. These wont actually be activated until 5pm though, so you cant get into your room until after the AGM. Your bags will be delivered to your room for you. You then need to make your way down to the conference centre through Splash Landings water park. All of you competition entries will need to be taken down to the conference centre as well via the conference centre entrance. Dont worry if you get confused as Alton Towers Hotel is a big place, but we will be there to point you in the right direction!
When you arrive at the conference centre, you will be able to collect your free lunch which you have ordered, and also your conference t-shirt. Those of you that ordered specific sizes will have these available. Those of you that did not order a specific size will be able to collect a medium sized one.
You will then be able to make your way down into the conference centre where we have our activities for the afternoon. This year we have a number of activities designed to test your skills, but also network with industry.
Table talks - Careers
This has become a popular event at conference. We have a number of special guests from industry, who are young and just started their careers in baking. Many of them have recently finished college, and are there to give you a 10 minute talk on what they do, how they got there and what opportunities are available during your career. The aim is to inspire you all and make you aware of different job roles available, so make sure you visit each one, and ask lots of questions! This year we have the following industry representatives that will be giving table talks:
Industry Jobs Fair
This is a new activity which we have been working on for your benefit. We have a number of industry representatives in the conference centre, who are there to talk to you about job opportunities and the many different roles in their own business. This is a great opportunity for you to network with industry, learn more about the baking industry and also inspire you to think about what you may want to do in your future careers. The companies supporting this activity this year are:
We encourage you all to interact and network with these companies, as they will offer you advice and tips on how to achieve you goals for your dream career.
Every year, our president receives a cake which is produced by students. This is then taken after conference and given to the presidents charity. This year, Susan Haskell of Brooklands College will be decorating the cake live in the conference centre. We encourage all students to go and see this being made, and also offer your help to make something to go onto the cake.
Zombie Gingerbread Men
This year, as we have already mentioned in our blog, we will be running a competition on the Friday afternoon where you make your own zombie gingerbread men. More details are on our social media and blog including the prize money and rules. Please be aware that the final entry time is 3:30pm, so you need to have produced you Zombie Gingerbread man before this time and place it on the judging table. Judging will start at 3:30pm on this in the conference centre.
4:45pm - Jobs Fair Talk
4:00pm - AGM Starts
5:00pm - Zombie Gingerbread Man Results
5:10pm - Conference 2019 themes
6:30pm onwards - #ZombieApocalypse Dinner
Evening #ZombieApocalypse themed dinner
Bakery students from around the UK and Ireland sharing their experiences