Plant Baker

From craft to commercial - baked goods are a key part of the Kiwi diet and require a mix of scientific and creative skills to maintain high standards

Careers information

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What do they do?

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.

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A typical day

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.

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How to become a plant baker?

You learn to be a plant baker through an apprenticeship where you complete your training while working on-the-job.

Sound like you?

Study areas
Helpful experience
Preferred work environments
  • English or Media Studies or History
  • Maths or Accounting or Economics 
  • Food or Nutrition
  • Physical Education or Health 
  • Reasonable strength and 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 (retail or shop)
  • One place everyday


Entry level jobs
Advancing jobs
Senior jobs
  • NCEA Level 1 could be useful
  • Food Processing-Safety and Health
  • Baking
  • Craft Barker
  • Plant Baker
  • Specialist Baker
  • Specialist Technical Advisor
  • Food Researcher
  • Team Leader
  • Supervisor
  • Test Bakery Technician
  • Production Manager
  • Plant Supervisor
  • Teacher/Tutor
  • Business Manager/Owner
Unit/Achievement standards in schoolsApprenticeshipHigher learningHigher learning
Gateway programme available