A Confectioner in the UK
Are you thinking of becoming a confectioner when you are finished at school? Would you consider working abroad in an English-speaking country after your apprenticeship is completed? If so, the interview below will give you an idea of what it is like to work as a confectioner in England.
A confectioner is someone who makes or sells sweets. The interview below is with the manager of a sweet shop.
Before listening, use the dictionary to check that you know the meaning of the following words: manager; retail; personal qualities; approachable; gift wrapping; customers; gift wrapping.
Listen to the following interview with a confectioner in the UK and find out:
- Where he works. (type of company - large/small, etc)
- Where about in the UK he works.
- Why he chose this profession.
- What type of tasks he has to do on a typical day at work.
- What personal qualities he suggests are needed by a confectioner.
- Does he describe any work processes or services that he provides?
- What he likes best and least about his job.
- How he thinks this line of work will change in the future.
- Where he sees himself in 5 - 10 years' time.
Apprenticeship and Training
- Find out about becoming a confectioner in the UK. Make a table with 3 columns: What does the job involve, the salary and the qualifications and training required. Below, you will find some useful links. (Search suggestions: retail manager, food, confectionery, baker)
- Now compare a confectioner's job and education in the UK with a confectioner's job and education in Norway.
After you have practised, add more dialogue for some of the following situations:
- The sweet shop manager asks the customer to try some of their new sweets ( useful words: fudge; caramel; toffee; nougat; almonds; mint; hazelnut; coconut; liquorice)
- The customer wants to buy sweets for Saturday evening for her little niece (useful words: lollipops; jelly beans; fruit chews; bon bons; gummy rings; marshmallows; foam bears; sour candies)
- The sweet shop manager does not have change for a large banknote. The customer offers to pay by bank card instead.