This job is sometimes referred to as:
- Craft Baker
- Pastry Chef
Bakers prepare, bake and decorate bread, rolls, pastries, cakes and other yeast goods.
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To become a baker you usually need to complete an apprenticeship and gain a National Certificate in Baking, Plant Baking or Craft Baking.
In order to do an apprenticeship you need to get a job in a bakery. Completing a baking qualification at a tertiary provider may help you get a baking job.
Most employers prefer apprentices to have completed four years of secondary school. Useful subjects include English and maths.
Bakers need to be:
- careful and accurate, with an eye for detail
- practical and efficient with good organisational skills
- able to work well under pressure
- able to follow instructions
- able to work as part of a team
- able to do basic maths.
Useful experience for bakers includes work as a baker's assistant, or any food-handling work.
Bakers need to be reasonably fit and healthy, with a high standard of personal cleanliness. They also need to have good hand-eye co-ordination. It is preferred that bakers do not have any skin or breathing problems, but this can be managed so they can still work effectively.
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Updated 22 Sep 2014