Great Apprentice Bake Off 2016
Cakes of all shapes, sizes and flavours were the stars of the show as National Apprenticeship Week was kicked off with the Great Apprenticeship Bake Off 2016, an event which aimed to raise money and awareness for the Yellow Submarine charity. Information about Apprenticeships was also available, as well as the opportunity to chat with experts about various opportunities.
Those who dropped by were enticed by a variety of baked goods, on top of a fantastic raffle with the prizes including vouchers, a hamper, and a variety of chocolates and champagne. There was also the main event, a highly anticipated competition between the Apprenticeship Ambassadors to see whose baking skills were enough to win the GABO 2016 trophy. Great British Bake Off winner, Nadiya Hussain, even got involved, favouriting tweets of the competitors cakes.
The judges soon arrived; Councillor Ian Hudspeth; Lilley Mitchell, reporter for BBC Radio Oxford; and Mel Haynes, British Army Vehicle Mechanic and Apprenticeship Ambassador. These three had the tough job of tasting all the cakes made by the Ambassador contestants and deciding on a winner. Skills such as pacing were soon shown to be needed in this task in order to get through all of the cakes.
Eventually a decision was made and the winner of the competition was revealed to be Hattie Partington, whose carrot cake won her the prize. She was awarded the GABO 2016 trophy, with her win being accredited to the amazing presentation and taste of her cake. However, she wasn’t the only winner as many of those who had entered the raffle received brilliant prizes, with some being particularly lucky and winning multiple.
The grand total of money raised was £192.84 which was given to the Yellow Submarine who work with young people with learning disabilities to build their social skills, confidence, independence, and get them ready for the world of work.
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Story by Sasha Jeffery, Matthew Arnold School