Baker in the UK
Are you thinking of becoming a baker 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 baker in England.
Before listening, use the dictionary to check that you know the meaning of the following words: involve, produce (n), sourdough, loaf, perseverance, excel, competitive, catering, event, petit four, patisserie, independent, approve
Listen to the following interview with a baker 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 baker.
- 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 baker 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.
- Now compare a baker's job and education in the UK with a baker's job and education in Norway.
After you have practised, add more dialogue for some of the following situations:
- The baker offers the customer a cup of coffee and to try some of the bakery products.
- The customer wants to order cakes for a party e.g. cupcakes, petit fours, scones, a large fruit cake, etc.
- The baker does not have change for a large banknote. The customer offers to pay by bank card instead.
- The customer complains about the price of a loaf of bread.