Monday, November 29, 2010

SUCCESS! From High School to Career. Experiential Learning at its finest.

Monica Soulabaille, owner, & Meagan Luftman, apprentice at Patisserie D’Or

Patisserie D’Or Profile

Monica Soulabaille, owner of Patisserie D’Or in Oakville, is enthusiastic about “It’s the only place I go when I need to hire a baker apprentice. I appreciate being able to log in and check out the jobseekers myself,” she said. “I’ve used the website several times and it works really better than anything else for our business.”

The site also worked well for Meagan Luftman. A recent graduate of Robert Bateman High School in Burlington, Meagan knew she wanted to pursue her interests in cooking and baking after high school. She developed her culinary skills while in school by completing a co-op placement in a local bakery and participating in regional and provincial skills competitions.

It was at the Ontario Skills Competition in Waterloo in May 2010 that Meagan picked up a flyer from She decided to register on the website after graduating from Robert Bateman. After posting her resume and checking the apprenticesearch job board, she applied for the baker apprentice position posted by Patisserie D’Or. “Things moved quickly from there,” she said. “Within three days I had an interview and was asked to start work. This site has worked so well for me that I have told several of my friends to give it a try.”

Things have worked out well for both employer and apprentice. “We’re very pleased with Meagan’s positive and enthusiastic nature,” said Monica. “She is very reliable and is a quick learner.”

Meagan agrees there’s a lot to learn. “I never really have done serious French baking before. I’m constantly learning new things as we prepare croissants, tarts, cakes, and pastries – all freshly made on the premises. It’s been a great experience for me,” she said. Monica’s husband Jean-Luc is the pastry chef who oversees Meagan’s training.

Patisserie D’Or (see for additional information) has registered Meagan as an apprentice with the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities. She hopes to attend George Brown College in Toronto for the in-class portion of the apprenticeship at. In the meantime, the on-the-job training (and learning) in Oakville will keep her busy!

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