Industrial baker, master baker, artisan baker
Bakers make bread, cakes and pastries using machines or by hand.
Salary range: £13,750 to £40,000
How to become a baker
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- applying directly
You can do a college course like a Level 2 Certificate in Bakery or Level 3 Diploma in Professional Bakery.
You may need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
You could start by doing a baker intermediate or advanced apprenticeship.
You’ll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You may be able to start as a trainee or as a bakery assistant.
You can apply for a job in a bakery if you have some catering experience.
Any experience you have of making or serving food may help you get into this job.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of food production methods
- the ability to work well with your hands
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work well with others
- maths knowledge
- excellent verbal communication skills
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- the ability to use your initiative
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day tasks could include:
- making sure you have enough supplies
- measuring out large quantities of ingredients
- working safely with machinery like power mixers, industrial ovens and production lines
- making dough
- working out cooking times
- keeping production areas clean
- developing new products
You could work at a store or in a factory.
Your working environment may be dusty, physically demanding and noisy.
You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could become a bakery supervisor, charge hand or production manager.
As an in-store or industrial baker, you could move into a job at a flour mill or become a sales representative.
You could also become a technical adviser or development baker for a baked goods or equipment company.
Another option is to become a craft baker and set up your own business.
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