Subject Material

Baker in the UK

Published: 17.12.2013, Updated: 05.03.2017

BakerBakerWarm fresh bunsWarm, fresh buns in a bakery in OsloTortilla BakeryTortilla Bakery

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.

Baker - Interview

Apprenticeship and Training

  1. 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.
  2. Now compare a baker's job and education in the UK with a baker's job and education in Norway. Utdanning - Yrkesbeskrivelse 





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.