Commercial bread equipment is the cornerstone of any good bakery, but learning to use the equipment properly can take time and is critical to your success. As the owner/operator of a successful baking business, it's important to educate your staff in the proper operations of your bread machinery. Proper training can be anything from reading owner's manuals to taking courses on proper equipment handling.
The variations in bread processing equipment make individual training essential. Your equipment is no doubt set up differently than the bakery down the street, so individual training and education for each employee using the equipment needs to be tailored to the equipment and each individual’s level of involvement with the baking process. Find helpful training aids by:
1. Joining a professional baking association that provides educational materials.
2. Asking industrial bread machines manufacturers for their assistance.
3. Setting your employees up with some online training resources for bread equipment education and training.
Join an organization that offers commercial bread equipment educational materialsThere are many national and international baking and bread making organizations that allow bakers to network and stay up to date with the latest trends. Find an organization that has training and education materials available to members that is specific to the type of bread baking machinery you own.
Get bread baking equipment training from the manufacturerSometimes the best advice about a specific piece of equipment comes directly from the company that designed it. Read and follow the owner's manuals and get training and educational updates from the manufacturers of your bread making equipment.
Get online training, education and help with your bread making machineThe fastest and easiest way to train yourself or your employees is to find a program that offers training on the equipment you use. Look for certification programs, but make sure the program addresses your bread equipment before choosing one. Look for downloadable educational material you can share with your staff, or find an online course they can take at their own pace.
- If you are in the process of buying new bread processing equipment, find a manufacturer that offers on-site training and technical support as a part of the purchase. This will save you time and money when it comes to educating your employees.