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.
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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Find out more about training
- Baking Industry Association of NZ (BIANZ)
- (03) 349 0663 - firstname.lastname@example.org - www.bianz.co.nz/become-a-baker/
- email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org - www.competenz.org.nz
- Crop and Food Research
- (03) 325 6400 - email@example.com - www.crop.cri.nz
- NZ Baking Industry Research Trust (BIRT)
- (04) 496 6555 - www.bakeinfo.co.nz/industry/careers/prospects.php
years of training usually required
Updated 5 Apr 2013