The baking industry in New Zealand has a lot of potential for growth and development.
Tertiary students, have you ever thought if you:
Are interested in pursuing a career as a baker? Or would like to switch your career over to the baking industry?
Would like to be a paid apprentice and learn while working?
Would like to become a qualified baker while already working in a bakery?
If you answered “Yes” to one or all of the above, then we can provide a paid apprenticeship within a bakery in New Zealand.
Are you considering hiring a baker for your bakery in New Zealand?
If you're a bakery owner struggling to retain good staff and facing increased competition in the industry, hiring an apprentice could be a great solution. You may already have a skilled employee in your team, and offering them an apprenticeship can help them realize their potential, enhance the quality of your products, and increase staff retention.
Craft bakery employers in any location in New Zealand can improve their product quality and customer service by enrolling their team in our Baking apprentice programme. We offer training and support to enhance the skills and knowledge of your staff.
Pacific Coast Technical Institute’s Food and Produce division is sub-contracted by Te Pūkenga to manage and support Baking Apprenticeships across New Zealand.
About the apprenticeship programme:
Trainees who are employed by craft bakeries in New Zealand can enrol in a training agreement between the employer, Te Pūkenga, and themselves with Te Pūkenga.
Trainees can then enrol in a national or New Zealand certificate in baking at either Level 3 or level 4, and complete on-the-job training, distance training modules, and annual block courses.
Our tutor Marjolein Oudemans travels around the country to provide support to trainees and assess on-the-job skills.
If you are already working in a bakery, you can sign up for an apprenticeship and enrol in a craft or plant bakery qualification to become qualified.
In the Level 4 programme, you have the option to choose from three strands: Bread, Cake and Biscuit, and Pastry.
Out tutor supports apprentices through mentoring visits and delivering theory unit standards via distance training and assessment modules.
Upon successfully completing the requirements, you will receive the award of:
New Zealand Certificate in Trade Baking (Craft) Level 3, 100 credits. or New Zealand Certificate in Trade Baking (Craft) Level 4 with strands in Bread, Cake and Biscuit and Pastry, 185 – 195 credits.
Intake: Every month Duration: The length of the apprenticeship varies but typically takes about four years to complete the unit standards and assessments for the Level 4 programme, with an expectation of achieving an average of 70 credits per year. Delivery Format: Distance training and assessment modules, mentoring visits and tutor support via e-mail/phone. Total credits: 185-195 Indicative Fees: NZ residents or citizen - $1700 + $200 admin fees are to be paid every year of study. International Learners - $12,000 + $200 admin fees
Graduates will be qualified to work as a Craft Baker, and to independently produce a wide range of bakery products to commercial bakery standards.
The topics covered are:
Principles of baking science to the production of a wide range of commercial craft bakery products.
Quality control and waste reduction processes relevant to the commercial craft bakery, to ensure products meet industry standards.
Production planning to achieve production targets in a commercial craft bakery.
Comply with health and safety and hygiene standards to meet workplace and legislative requirements while producing a wide range of bakery products in a commercial craft bakery.
Productivity and quality requirements while producing a wide range of either bread or cake or biscuits or pastry products.
Graduates of the Bread strand will also be able to: - Apply knowledge of baking processes and product, and equipment and utilities used in commercial craft baking, to produce and finish a wide range of bread products to commercial standards.
Graduates of the Cake and Biscuit strand will also be able to: - Apply knowledge of baking processes and product, and equipment and utilities used in commercial craft baking, to produce and finish a range of cake and biscuit products to commercial standards.
Graduates of the Pastry strand will also be able to: - Apply knowledge of baking processes and product, and equipment and utilities used in commercial craft baking, to produce and finish a wide range of pastry products to commercial standards.