Level 2 Apprenticeship

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Bakery is one of the most dynamic and fastest growing sectors of the food industry. There are many varied employment and career opportunities such as traditional craft baker, patisserie chef, or product developer for a specialist shop or supermarket. You may even opt to set up and manage your own business.

Our 12-18 month apprenticeship programme will allow you to learn to make a wide range of baked goods and breads, using craft and mechanical processing methods. You will be employed in the sector and supported by the college training programme, to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to work to high professional, quality standards.

Within the apprenticeship there is a Level 2 Baker Diploma (12 to 18 months) that needs to be completed and passed before the end point assessment.

Students also need to have passed Level 1 and attempted Level 2 English and Maths before the end point assessment.

Course Content: 
  • History of baking and its evolution
  • Recipe formulation
  • Bakery methods and processes
  • Use of equipment and knife skills
  • Ingredient principles
  • Dough making principles
  • Finishing products including packaging and storage
  • Waste reduction
  • Recyling
  • Legislation
  • Consumer trend impacts
  • Produce breads, cakes, pastries (sweet and savory)
  • Team working and problem solving

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Entry Requirements:

You will need an employer who would like to take you on as an apprentice. 

You will also attend college for a minimum number of set hours each week. 

You will have ideally have achieved GCSE grades A-E or equivalent. If you have an equivalent qualification, we will also take this into consideration, along with any industry experience you may have. 

Dates & Location:

September 2020


12 - 18 months, 1 day a week.


Non-levy paying employers will share the cost of training and assessing their apprentices with government - this is called ‘co-investment’.

From April 2019, you will pay 5% towards to the cost of apprenticeship training and government will pay the rest (95%), up to the funding band maximum.


You'll have access to a professional artisan baker, practical baking demonstration facilities and use of a fully functioning bakery based in Brighton.

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