Who doesn’t love the smell of freshly baked bread or a sweet treat in the form of a pastry? We take a look at bakery apprenticeships and the jobs roles that you could have.
The food and drink industry is massive and every day millions of loaves of bread, cakes, pies and pastries are sold. So, if you fancy a career where you get to use your creativity to feed people delicious baked goods read on.
There are several ways that you can train for a career as a baker. After your GCSEs you could study full time at college for the Certificate and Diploma for Proficiency in Baking Industry Skills for example. Alternatively you could search for an apprenticeship in bakery where you could gain those same qualifications whilst also working for an employer and earning a wage. Bakery apprenticeships are available at Levels 2 and 3 and the level of qualification that you would study for would match the apprenticeship level.
What would I learn to do?
All apprenticeships require you to develop the knowledge and competencies needed for the occupation and if you do not already have maths or English GCSEs at grade A* – C then you will also study for these.
Amongst other things you will learn theories of baking, the methods and processes used, how to use relevant equipment, basic recipe formulation and legislation and regulation relevant to the food industry.
You will also earn how to produce bread, cakes and pastries, how to source and store ingredients, how to handle knives and machinery and how to work safely and with others.
What job might I have?
As a Level 2 apprentice baker you might work as a plant baker, draft baker or confectioner and as a Level 3 apprentice you might have a role as a specialist plant baker or master baker.
What would the hours be like?
You can expect to work flexibly. Shift work, weekends and nights are usual.
How much would I earn?
Earnings can range from £13,000 to £25,000 with additional pay for overtime and good progression opportunities into management roles where earnings are higher.
Apprenticeship frameworks and standards.
You don’t need to worry much about the difference between frameworks and standards as both simply set out what is covered by the apprenticeship. The main differences are that standards, which are new, are developed by employers and they are graded. Any other differences, such as funding are the concern of employers and not you. To find out more about working as a baker visit www.tastycareers.org.uk