Level 2

Every day bakers make and sell millions of loaves of bread and baked goods, such as cakes, pies, pastries and biscuits to customers in the UK and around the world.

Bakers will be able to make a wide range of breads and baked goods, using a range of traditional craft and mechanical processing methods. They will work safely and hygienically, following recipes and specifications, to ensure the quality and standards of products meet customer requirements.

In addition to the core bakery skills and knowledge apprentices will also complete one of the following specialist pathways based on their job role;

  • Craft,
  • Instore or 
  • Processing Bakery.

Apprentice Bakers will learn

  • Measuring ingredient quantities
  • Making dough
  • How to safely work machinery, such as power mixers, industrial ovens and production lines
  • Managing supplies
  • Keeping production areas clean
  • How to come up with ideas for new products

Qualifications Awarded

  • Apprenticeship Certificate
  • Level 2 Certificate in Baking Industry Skills
  • Level 1 maths and English (if applicable)

Apprenticeship Graded

Fail, Pass, Merit, Distinction

Delivery model

A mix of online and practical learning at the Plumpton College Bakery Kitchen based in Lewes, which will include skills and knowledge assessment and research work, along with quarterly workplace competency and efficiency observation and assessments.

End Point Assessment

  • Written knowledge test
  • Assessment centre observation
  • Workplace observation and interview

Training & Assessment Value


Entry Requirements:

Maths and English assessment.

Job role suitability assessment.

To enrol onto an apprenticeship programme you need to be employed with a contract of employment. If you have an employer lined up or are already employed please contact our Apprenticeship Team on 01273 892127 or via email.

If you do not currently have an employer please visit the main Apprenticeships page for guidance on how to find and apply for an apprenticeship opportunity or register for our Talent Bank service.


Typically 18 months

Not only do Plumpton staff have nearly 40 years' experience in bakeries, catering and food manufacturing but Baker Apprentices receive discounts on our other baker qualifications, such as the Level 2 Award in Food Safety.

Future Opportunities

The baking industry offers many ongoing career development opportunities to suit the particular interests of the apprentice, whether they aspire to being a manager of the future, a specialist baker, bakery product designer or retail bakery expert.

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