JG Ross visit

As part of the S2 BGE curriculum at Hazlehead,  pupils participate in a food product development unit that allows the school to work closely with industry partner JG Ross.  This project involves the pupils taking part in market research, teamwork, product development and finishes with team presentations of newly developed products to JG Ross employees, winning an opportunity to get their product produced and sold at the Taste of Grampian Festival in June.  As part of this project it is essential that they research the company to discover the company’s current product range so every year JG Ross invite the pupils to one of their production bakery’s. On Monday 19th March, 28 pupils visited the JG Ross factory in Inverurie, giving them an insight to not only the world of work, but a craft bakery environment and the skills required to be part of this industry.  Some of the pupils thought they were going to see machines doing the work, however were surprised that much of the work was done by hand. Unbeknown to them, they got the opportunity to hand-make butteries, pancakes and to decorate cupcakes, followed by a tour of the factory.  They then headed back to school with their baked goodies and the opportunity to use their newly acquired knowledge to make final decisions on how to improve their final products before the big judging day.