Alternative titles for this job include Industrial baker, baking operative, artisan baker, craft baker

Bakers make bread, cakes and pastries by hand and with machinery.

Average salary (a year)

£16,000 Starter


£24,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

41 to 45 a week

You could work

early mornings on shifts

How to become

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How to become a baker

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role


You can do a college course, for example:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering
  • Level 2 Certificate in Bakery
  • Level 3 Diploma in Professional Bakery

Entry requirements

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

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You could start by doing an intermediate baker apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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You may be able to start as a trainee or assistant in a bakery shop, supermarket or food production plant, and work your way up.

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Further information

You can find out more about working in the food and drinks industry from Tasty Careers and the Federation of Bakers.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • 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

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a baker, you could:

  • weigh out quantities of ingredients
  • mix ingredients by hand or with catering machinery
  • prepare dough
  • bake products in batches in industrial ovens
  • make quality checks
  • decorate and finish baked items ready for dispatch or shop display
  • take customer orders if working in a shop
  • keep production areas clean
  • stocktake and order supplies
  • develop new recipes and products

Working environment

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

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a bakery supervisor or production manager in a factory, or move into commercial sales.

You could also become a technical adviser or development baker for a baked goods or catering equipment company.

Another option is to specialise, for example in patisserie, or become a craft baker and set up your own business.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Baker Apprentice

  • Wage: £10,982.40 Annually
  • Location: WILLITON

Baking and Sales apprenticeship

  • Wage: £13,041.60 to £25,737.40 Annually

Courses In England

Professional Bakery - Level 3

  • Start date: 04 September 2023
  • Location: Blackpool

Level 2 Professional Bakery

  • Start date: 05 September 2023
  • Location: Ashton-Under-Lyne

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