Sweet success

Following up bachelor degrees in commerce and marketing with an Australian Apprenticeship in artisan baking might not seem like the typical career progression.

But for Ailin Gay, this path of events makes perfect sense.

Her passion is in the kitchen, and an Australian Apprenticeship is proving to be the right path to achieve her dream.

"Starting my apprenticeship as a mature aged student was a really positive experience for me," Ailin said.

"Just having that extra bit of confidence really helped me to stay calm under pressure.

"At times I even found myself mentoring younger workmates."

Ailin has always had a passion for baking, and a six month pre-apprenticeship course in baking and pastry sparked her interest in artisan bread, leading to her decision to complete a Certificate III in Food Processing (Retail Baking - Combined).

Her Australian Apprenticeship has allowed Ailin to develop her skills under the guidance of a French baker and Swiss pastry chef.

And the results have been spectacular.

In 2009, Ailin entered the Australian Baking Industry National Scholarship Awards and won the Arthur E Denison Trophy.

In 2011, she became the Western Australian Apprentice of the Year and was a finalist in the same category at the 2011 Australian Training Awards.

Now Ailin hopes to increase the public's knowledge of artisan baking in Western Australia by opening an artisan bakery of her own.

'My apprenticeship helped me make a career out of my passion," she said.

"Now I'm so glad I took a chance and followed my dream."

Ailin has recently secured an Australian Overseas Foundation scholarship and will study in France at Ecole Lenotre.

If you are interested in an Australian Apprenticeship and how to get started, download An Australian Apprenticeship - Endless Career Possibilities brochure or contact your local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider.

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