Craft 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?

Craft bakers can work in small bakeries, patisseries, cafes, supermarkets and restaurants. They bake and decorate a range of food products and can specialise in a specific type of baking.

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A typical day

Typically, an eight-hour day starting early or shift work.

Bakers can mix, prepare and bake bread, biscuit, cakes and pastries. they understand food hygiene and may also clean equipment, handle and order ingredients.

Craft bakers also learn to decorate baked goods.

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How to become a craft baker?

You learn to be a craft 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 to/or persuading people
  • Working with machinery
  • Inside (retail or shop)
  • One place everyday

Career pathway

SchoolEntry level jobsAdvancing jobsSenior 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