As a finalist in the Baking Industry Awards 2020 and with a coveted position at one of the leading food production companies in the UK, William Leet can trace his career success back to beginnings at Leicester College.
William’s baking journey began when he left the army and enrolled on a beginners’ bakery course before completing two years at Leicester College on the Baking and Pastry Arts Level 2 and Level 3 diploma.
From Leicester College, he moved on to University College Birmingham where he graduated from the Bakery and Patisserie Technology degree course. Here, William won the Presidents’ Cup two years running at the Alliance of Bakery Students and Trainees (ABST) competition and as part of his degree, completed an internship at Tromp Bakery Equipment in the Netherlands, where he worked on the development of puff pastry, waffle and pizza dough.
After becoming a short-term intern at Bakeriet I Lom, one of the most famous bakeries in Norway, he was the only one kept on from the summer intake and was there for two years as a bakery team leader.
William returned to the UK in mid-January 2020, joining Quorn Country Foods in Coalville as Assistant Manager before being approached by David Woods Bakery in September 2020. Today, he works as a bakery development technologist developing goods for UK supermarkets, coffee houses and pizza chains. Here, he can use his bakery science background and believes that this is his ‘dream job’.
A platform for career success
William says: “I can map out a real progression in my career from Leicester College onwards and had a really good experience at the College from day one.
“Whilst I was there, I tried to be involved as much as possible. I was part of the Student Council and Vice President of the Freemans Park Campus of the Students Union. In my first year, I won ‘most improved student’ at the annual ceremony and won the in-house bake off in my second year.
“I was passionate about the Bakery course and learnt so much from the lecturers. I went out on roadshows with lecturers and hosted tours of the campus for potential students. When I was at university, I even came back to the College to shadow the lecturer for work experience.
“The College provided a good platform for experience and definitely laid the foundations for my career since.”