My store is looking for a qualified Wilton Instructor. No I am not going anywhere but with coming changes to Wilton and between the new Condensed Courses that are coming soon (Course 1 course will start being offered in May), the existing four Courses, tons of project classes and other stuff it’s more than I can keep up with and I need help.
What do you need to do to teach?
- A great personality who loves to interact with people.
- A background with Wilton. It is preferred that you have taken all four courses with Wilton so you know the Wilton’s way of cake decorating. If you have equivalent experience then don’t let that hold you back. I can work with you to tweak what we need to if necessary to ensure you are teaching Wilton’s methods in class.
- A certification with Wilton. Once you have been qualified, Wilton will give you a test and certify you (each course is an independent certification process).
- Other details that I have forgotten to mention that I’ll remember down the road and go “oh yeah, and that too!”
I don’t want to scare you off but I do want to let you know that you will be needed to be open to offering classes for all our main class times if at all possible. Morning, Evening, and Weekends for Wilton. This does not mean that you need to offer 5 morning classes, 5 evening classes, and all day Saturday and Sunday. They don’t have to be all courses or all project classes.
As far as scheduling, between your schedule and mine we need to offer two or three morning events, two to four-week night events, and something on Saturday and/or Sunday. You and I can sit down and work out a schedule that works for both of us. I say events because it can be a mix of project classes and courses. If there is a morning you can’t teach and I can then I’ll cover it, same with you and another morning. Same goes for evening and weekends.
There will also be Open House events, those are mandatory to attend. These are some times every two to four months apart.
Wilton will also have mandatory demos. They are Saturdays and either from 10-12, 11-1 or 1 to 3. Depending on which one of us has a class during the demo time the other will be expected to pick it up and do it. We always have at least 4 to 6 weeks advance notice on both the Open House and Mandatory Wilton Demos but usually 8 to 12 weeks notice so we have time to work out who will need to be there for it.
Also, things like the website I have here, Facebook etc are all done by YOUR OWN CHOICE, and YOUR OWN COST. You will not be reimbursed for the cost or time you put into creating/running/updating them. If you want to share my blog here, I can admin you and you can post and such as well. In return I ask that you help cover some of the cost.
You are expected to market your own classes. This doesn’t mean create flyers, print at your own cost etc. Between the store and Wilton there are ways and flyers, left over catalogs etc we can use to hand out, leave around town etc. You will need to always be on your toes to talk about what you do with complete strangers type of thing.
Wilton will also have training once every year or two. They rotate between Portland and Seattle. I have usually commuted with other instructors to help cut the cost of the drive. It’s a two-day process so I have always liked getting there the night before so I’m up there and ready to rock that morning without being travel weary. That means a 2 night stay at a hotel. You can get your own room or share depending on what you are comfortable with.
Be awesome at what you do. That doesn’t mean perfect, it means enjoy it and be able to roll with it if your fondant isn’t playing nice, your icing is too stiff, too thin, not sticking be able to stick on a clown nose, squeeze it and laugh it off type of thing. We are not expected to be perfect all the time in front of students, we need to be confident in how to roll with the punches and overcome those icky moments.
This is the type of job where the more you put into it, the better success you will have. As easy as I have made class for you all, it’s been hard work and often blood sweat and tears put into it, hours worth behind the scenes.
Do you still have questions? Please give me a call. My contact information is on the main column to the right when you are at the home page.
If you are still interested in being my co-instructor and I didn’t scare you off then you need to apply in two locations and get your cake portfolio’s ready to show off.
Online with Wilton and Online with Michaels.
With Wilton it will ask for my First and Last name, that is Carolyn Alexander. The number they are asking for is W22236601.
With Michaels you want to select Store, and hourly positions then click the red button below it and follow the steps from there. You will need to call the store and speak with Toya (prior to 5pm) or Shelby (after 4pm) to let them know you have completed your application process once it is complete. They are the Customer Experience Managers at my store that oversee the classroom program.