WASHINGTON, DC - The American Bakers Association (ABA) and the Baking Association of Canada (BAC) announced a partnership focused on developing the technical baking skills of their Members’ workforces. The partnership will open up ABA’s highly regarded Bakers Manufacturing Academy training programs to members of the BAC.
“Both ABA and BAC are focused on addressing the skills gap in their respective workforces. This partnership will allow BAC members access to the Bakers Manufacturing Academy multi-dimensional training course offerings,” said ABA President and CEO Robb MacKie. “We are very excited to work closely with the BAC on this vital issue that transcends our border.”
“Expanding educational and professional upgrading opportunities for our members is one of the association's strategic mandates” explained Martin Barnett, Executive Director of the BAC. “We look forward to this opportunity to work closely with the ABA on this initiative”.
The Bakers Manufacturing Academy's online training offers a variety of courses for all knowledge and experience levels. Through the Academy, companies have an effective, convenient, and affordable way to enhance workforce training and development. Written and developed by baking industry experts, the online learning portal offers students dynamic, interactive instruction, and offers training managers simple student registration, documentation, and progress.
The American Bakers Association (ABA) is the voice of the baking industry. Serving Members from global wholesale baking companies and suppliers to baking industry entrepreneurs, ABA is the only bakery-specific national and state trade association, delivering results on priorities affecting the companies that feed the world.
Since 1897, ABA has worked to increase protection from costly government actions, build the talent pool of skilled workers with specialized training programs, and forge industry alignment by establishing a more receptive environment to grow the baking industry. ABA's Membership has grown to represent more than 300 companies with a combined 1600+ facilities.
The Baking Association of Canada (BAC) is a national not-for-profit trade association representing Canada's over $8 billion retail, in-store and industrial baking industry as well as specialty companies and the allied service trades. BAC provides a range of services including public policy & advocacy, membership and industry event Bakery Showcase trade shows & educational and social events across Canada.
The BAC is involved in educational initiatives from supporting students to professional upgrading, and consulting with government on curricula for baker apprentice and post-secondary programs.