Craft Baker

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Craft bakers can work in small bakeries, patisseries, cafes, supermarkets and restaurants. They bake and decorate a range of food products and can specialise in a specific type of baking.

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Typically, an eight-hour day starting early or shift work.

Bakers can mix, prepare and bake bread, biscuit, cakes and pastries. they understand food hygiene and may also clean equipment, handle and order ingredients.

Craft bakers also learn to decorate baked goods.

Plant Baker

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Plant bakers work in factories preparing and baking goods such as bread, biscuits, cakes and pastries. They use production machinery to safely and hygienically prepare large volumes of food products and may learn maintenance skills for minor repairs.

Typically, an eight-hour day; starting early or shift work.

Plant bakers undertake training on specialist equipment to set up, control and shut down manufacturing procedures and ensure quality control. They also learn about the science of baking in large volumes.


Sound like you?

  • English or Media Studies or History
  • Maths or Accounting or Economics
  • Food or Nutrition
  • Physical Education or Health.
  • Reasonable strength & fitness
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good work habits/time management
  • Good at problem solving/creative.
  • Customer service or helping people
  • Making or fixing things
  • Selling or persuading people
  • Working with machinery.
  • Inside (workshop or plant)
  • One place every day.


Unit standards in schools

  • NCEA Level 1 could be useful
  • Food Technology – Health and Safety
  • Baking

Gateway programme available


  • Plant baker

Higher learning

  • Test Bakery Technician
  • Team Leader
  • Specialist Technical Advisor
  • Supervisor.

Higher learning

  • Production Manager
  • Plant Supervisor
  • Teacher/Tutor
  • Business Manager
  • Business Owner.