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A 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 the UK.

En baker strør mel over en utrullet deig på bordet. Foto.


En baker viser frem nystekte brød. Foto.

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

Baker - Interview

Apprenticeship and Training

  1. Tortillabakeri. Foto.
    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. Ferske, varme boller på bakebrett. Foto.
    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.


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