Baker or Confectioner

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Bakers make bread and other products such as rolls, pastries, cakes, biscuits and pies. Confectioners make sweets and chocolates. The work may be done by hand or by using machinery.

The Work

You could be:

You might specialise in making sweets or chocolate, as a confectioner or chocolatier.


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting pay is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or the National Living Wage (NLW).

As of 1 April 2022 the National Minimum Wage is £4.81 an hour for workers aged 16 to 17, £6.83 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £9.18 an hour for workers aged 21 to 22. The National Living Wage is £9.50 for workers aged 23 and over. With experience this could rise to around £10.00 an hour.


You could work in a small shop, a supermarket or a plant (factory) bakery.

Conditions in all cases would be similar.

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Getting In

There are many bakeries of all sizes in Scotland. Most chocolatiers work for a big company, but there are also a growing number of small specialist firms producing high quality chocolate.

What Does it Take?

You should have:

You should be able to:


Getting On


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Food and Drink Federation Scotland
Tel: 020 7836 2460
Twitter: @Foodanddrinkfed

National Food and Drink Training
Tel: 01383 661 555

On 1st April 2015, Scottish Bakers rebranded its training arm to National Food and Drink Training (NFDT). This now encompasses working with companies outwith the bakery sector including meat processing, fish processing, mineral water and sweet manufacturing.

National Skills Academy for Food and Drink
Tel: 0330 174 1253
Twitter: @NSAFD

Scotland Food and Drink
Tel: 0131 335 0940
Twitter: @scotfooddrink

The Scotland Food and Drink website is managed by Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

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