Michelle the Miller
One of the newest recruits to the milling industry says children should be made more aware of milling as a career.
Michelle Tyson-Craddock recently became a trainee miller at Matthews Cotswold Flour, having previously worked as a chef, a trout farm manager, a head gardener, and a plasterer. She was introduced to her latest career by her nephew, who is also a trainee at Matthews. But Michelle believes the next generation of millers should be made aware of the opportunities of the industry at a young age
Talkin to the firm’s Meet The Miller online Q&A, Michelle said:
“Children don’t know about traditional trades like milling because modern occupations like computer programming get the limelight. However in milling lots of modern skills are required – we use technology alongside our traditional methods throughout the process from loading, monitoring quality and packaging. I think more young people should be encouraged to enter the trade because milling is so important for providing food for the country – it is the basis of bread!”
Michelle, who started work on her seven-year apprenticeship last September, also thinks more women should be encouraged to join the industry. “Milling is one of the oldest human occupations. It is also one that realistically women have always done but never been acknowledged for. Women around the world use hand millstones every day to make flour for bread in many countries. In the war, women took over the mills while the men were away, but it is not a career many female workers have taken up since.
“I was welcomed at Matthews and I do not feel they see me as a woman but as a Trainee Miller.”