September 13th 2021s
Baking Technology Profile
Baking technology courses equip trainees with knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable them to have competencies to work for either salaried or self-employment. Graduates are equipped with a competitive edge to work in the Baking Industry as producers, supervisors or managers.
The mode of delivery is structured coursework, Bread and Confectionery making practice and industrial attachments. All of these are aimed at providing the trainee with invaluable experience and knowledge of the Baking industry.
Baking Technology Department in Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) was started by Stios (Dutch Baking organization, Holland) in September 1985. The project started with a 2 years course in baking technology, a bakery workshop, a commercial bakery and a baking consultancy firm. Stios provided the bakery training expert, basic tools and equipment for both the workshop and the commercial bakery, and baking books for the library. More baking books were donated by baking experts from Holland, Germany and United Kingdom
In January 1986, 14 students (7 male and 7 female) were admitted for a 2 years certificate course. In January 1987 another group of students were enrolled for the course. The KIST baking programme was developed and recognized in March 1990 by the Kenya Institute of Education. It became a training programme in baking technology at certificate level under the Technical Education Programmes (TEP). KIST later developed a Diploma course which takes three years.
The Department has been offering short courses in bread making and cake making & decoration. The bakery is currently used for training purposes and the production of baked products for the institute.
Recently, a Diploma course in Nutrition and Dietetics that takes three years was introduced in the Department. The course is aimed at improving the nutrition and health wellbeing of people through both preventive/promotive and therapeutic nutrition care. The department is accredited to offer Nutrition and Dietetics courses by Kenya Nutrition and Dietetics Institute (KNDI)- a Human Nutrition regulatory body. The Department is in compliance with the requirements and recommendations by KNDI.
Baking Technology Department has grown rapidly in both student enrolment and staff size. Currently there are over 200 students and fifteen staff members. The Department has teaching and learning facilities well equipped to enhance practical teaching and learning and we aim to do much more.
Our students not only attain quality training but are also exposed to the industry through Practicums (Nutrition and Dietetics), academic trips and attachments. As a result, they easily get employment in a wide range of areas and the employers are satisfied with the performance of our graduates.