Bakers today are involved in so much more than simply baking bread. Every day bakers make and sell not only millions of loaves but also cakes, pies, pasties and biscuits. So, bread-making is just one of the bakery skills an apprentice baker will learn as part of their bakery apprenticeship
The Level 2 Bakery Apprenticeship Standard equips bakery apprentices with the skills needed to become an all-round baker – whether that’s in
Whichever business environment the bakery apprentice works in, they will need a core set of skills, knowledge and behaviours
Developed by employers from all sectors of the bakery industry, the bakery standard apprenticeship is focused on employability. As well as on the job training the apprentice will spend some of their time studying for an accredited Bakery Diploma. The diploma covers all the requirements of the bakery standard, but also allows the bakery apprentice to learn specialist bakery skills, such as cake decorating.
To see what is included in the bakery apprenticeship.
Firstly, all the new apprenticeship standards, including bakery, are developed ‘by employers for employers.’ Nobody knows better what is needed in a job role than the employers themselves. Secondly, one of the biggest changes is that apprentices now don’t automatically qualify after ‘serving their time’. They need to prove their new skills at ‘end-point assessment’ or EPA. EPA is the name given to a series of tests that happen towards the end of an apprenticeship. Apprentices must succeed at end-point assessment in order to achieve their apprenticeship.
Funding for apprenticeships changed with the introduction of the Apprentice Levy in 2017.
Large bakery employers (with a wage bill over £3million pa) now fund their apprenticeships through the levy. The levy is collected by HMRC at a rate of 0.5% of a business’s monthly wage bill.
Smaller employers (with an annual wage bill below £3m) fund their bakery apprenticeships through co-investment with government as before. The ratio is now 9:1, meaning for every £900 the government invests in training, the employer’s contribution is just £100.
Also, employers are now free to negotiate with their approved training provider, to ensure that they get good value training that suits their business.
The Level 2 Bakery Standard is a Band 12 apprenticeship, which attracts a maximum total funding rate of £9000, either via the apprentice levy or the co-investment model.