North-west company Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery has struck a partnership with Wigan Technical College to take on 12 apprentices a year in a “brand new initiative”.David Smart, Greenhalgh’s director and president of the Craft Bakers’ Association (CBA), aims to improve skills in the sector through training young bakers.“We have created a Greenhalgh’s apprenticeship course in collaboration with Wigan College and agreed to take in apprentices because we are big enough to do so,” he told British Baker.Smart plans to recruit 12 apprentices for a three-year programme, whereby the students spend two days a week at college and three days with the bakery. Greenhalgh’s runs 62 shops, supplied by two bakeries near Bolton.However, recruitment is proving tough and the bakery still has eight places to fill before the course kicks off in September. Smart said he would approach other colleges to fill his quota if the 12 hopefuls could not be recruited from Wigan Technical College alone.He said: “I am the national bakery president (of the CBA) and one of my presidential promises is to re-engage the industry with the colleges.”The students will learn theory and craft at college and gain practical experience at Greenhalgh’s. They will be paid the national rate for their age for the days worked at the bakery.
Less than 48 hours removed from one of the worst losses in program history, the Wisconsin men’s basketball rebounded with a 92-65 victory over Siena.Although the defense started slow once again, Wisconsin built a healthy first half lead and then put the game away for good by making six of its first seven shots from the field to build a lead that reached a margin as large as 33 points.Junior guard Bronson Koenig, who poured in a career-high 23 points, scored six quick points after halftime to help the cause and secure No. 17 Wisconsin’s first win of the 2015-16 season. Junior forward Vitto Brown also had a career-high in points, with 16.“I did a better job of slowing the game down and letting it come to me,” Brown said.In defeat was a Siena team from the MAAC who, unlike Western Illinois two nights ago, was overpowered. The Badgers shot lights out from the field throughout the game, especially in the second half when they made 68 percent of their shots to finish the game shooting 58.5 percent.For the second straight game, UW started 4-of-6 from the field. Unlike Friday night, though, UW held on to the hot hand. More impressively, they did it without starters Nigel Hayes and Ethan Happ who spent some quality time on the bench because both picked up two early fouls.Despite limited playing time, Hayes managed to score 14 points and Happ finished with eight.The Badgers were committed to going inside early on, with five of their first six field goals coming from a short distance.“[We did a] much better job tonight to start the [game] and to start the half,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said.With all of the action inside, the Badgers frequented the free throw line, where they were much more effective than against Western Illinois. Wisconsin shot 25-for-30 from the charity stripe Sunday night.A straight-on three-pointer from Ryan Oliver gave Siena its first lead of the ballgame at 14-13 with 12:46 to go in the half. Siena made seven of its first 11 shots, but then went cold, only converting four of their final 17 attempts in the half.Koenig said UW emphasized defense during Saturday’s practice after the dismal performance on the defensive end of the floor during Friday’s loss.“You really couldn’t get much worse than Friday,” Koenig said.Leading the way for the Saints were Nico Clareth (21 points) and Marquis Wright (17 points).Vitto Brown had a career-high 16 points Sunday night. Jason Chan/The Badger HeraldWhile the rest of the Badgers were working inside, Brown got his mid-range game going, sinking jumpers to keep UW close. He hit one from the right wing to put Wisconsin up 17-16 nine minutes and 21 seconds into the game, a lead his team wouldn’t relinquish. Ten of his points came in the first half.“He seemed a little more focused,” Ryan said. “He was a little more under control and that’s what he’s going to have to do.”After taking 21 three’s in the opener, Wisconsin didn’t attempt a shot from behind the arc until 9:15 remained in the first half, when Koenig knocked one down from the left side to increase the lead to 23-18 and got the Badgers rolling. The Saints were an inefficient 1-for-8 from three and the deep shot selections stalled the offense.In the middle of the first half, Siena switched to a 2-3 zone to offset Wisconsin’s inside attack, but UW utilized patience and cerebral passing to adjust. It pulled ahead and carried a 43-28 lead into halftime behind shooting 50 percent from the field and 13 points from Koenig.The half came to an exciting end when Koenig failed to hit a last-second three and Zak Showalter flew through the air, met the ball at the rim and flushed it down as time expired to give Wisconsin its biggest lead of the half.The large lead allowed freshmen Alex Illikainen (six points) and Brevin Pritzl (four minutes) to make their debuts as Badgers.
– Trojans remain winlessIt all went down as the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association’s (GABA’s) leagues continued on Tuesday at the Burnham Hard Court in the city. The night saw the Ravens battling it out with the UG Trojans in the first division, and the Sonics going up against the Guardians in the U-23 division.Terrence DanielsStarting off the night in the U-23 division, the Sonics faced the uphill task of battling the Guardians; it was never going to be easy for the Sonics. In the first quarter of the match, it was back and forth for both teams, but the Guardians managed to slip past the Sonics 26-18 in the first period, leaving the Sonics searching for victory in the next two periods. However, it did not go the way of the Sonics, as they lost 17-28 and 14-34 in the second and third quarters respectively.Scoring for the Guardians was Terrence Daniels with 27 points. He was ably supported by Israel Yaw (16) and Akeem Crandon (15); while, for the Sonics, Lemuel Grant top scored with 21 and captain Troy Glasgow pitched in with 11 points.In the first division match, Trojans went down against the Ravens as they faced yet another winless match in their season’s encounter, losing 65-49. The match started off like any other match, with the Ravens taking the lead in the first period 13-11, then out-scoring the opposition in each quarter until the showdown was over. Captain Dominic Vincente led the Ravens with 14 points, while Tyrone Hamid put up the same number.The Trojans showed lack of form and commitment, having numerous opportunities to convert, but being unable to so do. The highest score of the night came from Captain Selvaughn Mosely, who had 13.The action continues on Saturday with the Sonics playing the Eagles in the U-23 division at 18:30h, and the Colts clashing with the Sonics in the first division at 20:30h.