Bakers make bread, cakes and pastries using machines or by hand. They will measure and mix raw ingredients, bake and decorate items and ensure that all finished products adhere to quality and food safety standards.
You can get into this job through:
- A college course- You may need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course
- An apprenticeship - You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, for an intermediate apprenticeship
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
- Working towards this role
- Applying directly
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.
National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE. Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.
Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.
- 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
£13,750 to £40,000