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Bakery isn’t just about bread (just ask Paul Hollywood!) and bakers don’t only work in small businesses. Every day bakers also produce millions of cakes, pastries and biscuits, many of them working in large automated commercial bakeries or baking products for customers in store at your local supermarket. The Level 2 Bakery Apprenticeship Standard equips learners to be able to produce a variety of products and work in a range of bakery roles. On average, it takes 18-24 months to complete.


There are 3 components to the apprenticeship: the training programme, mandatory qualifications and end point assessment (EPA).

Training Programme

Apprentices will need to successfully complete the 4 mandatory Standard components: core knowledge, skills and behaviours plus choose between a craft, in-store or automated bakery specialism. To find out more about the Bakery Apprenticeship see the Baker Standard

Mandatory Qualifications

  • Level 1 Mathematics
  • Level 1 English
  • Level 2 Diploma in Bakery*

Apprentices are also required to attempt Level 2 English and Maths prior to EPA, but success at this level is not compulsory.

*This is a new qualification mandated in the standard. It is graded at Pass, Fail, Merit and Distinction. The FDQ Diploma in Bakery is a 37 credit/266-270 GLH diploma, well matched to the ability of level 2 apprentices. Developed with input from the bakery industry, it meets all the requirements of the standard and also allows for study of additional bakery skills, as the industry requested. Apprentices study 8 core units and 2 further units, specific to each of the three pathways: craft baker, in-store baker and automated baker. Unique to FDQ’s diploma though are ‘added value’ units in specialist skills such as cake decorating and artisan patisserie. Find out more about the diploma and FDQs support materials by downloading  the specification here.

How can you help your apprentice succeed? See our new guide below!


Bakery End Point Assessment (EPA)

FDQ are approved by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to deliver end-point assessments for the Bakery Standard Apprenticeship.

This means we’re able to offer everything from qualification registration right through to end-point assessment (EPA) for bakery. 

To find out more about the Bakery EPA download our handy guide, talk to one of our friendly team on 0113 3970 395 or email us at



Bakery apprenticeship standard

Purpose and structure
End-point assessment

Workplace qualifications

These are work-based qualifications, which are usually delivered and assessed in the workplace; they are especially popular with employers as they can be undertaken during the working day, and require minimal time

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MEAT Ipswich learner is FDQ’s 100th EPA success!



 Owen Smith

 Owen Smith learning lamb butchery skills at MEAT Ipswich butchery school.



Owen Smith (18) has become our 100th successful EPA candidate. Owen trained for his butchery apprenticeship with MEAT Ipswich, where his trainer, Stuart Davis, said of him,


"Owen is a pleasant and very well mannered young man. Owen has gained confidence throughout his apprenticeship and has applied his learning to practical situations at his place of work, enabling him to adapt certain practices to suit the needs of the company. "


Originally studying for  ‘A’ levels, Owen realised the academic route wasn’t for him, so applied for an apprentice butcher job with Ansell and Sons in Maldon, Essex. Though at first he struggled working a 39 hour week he enjoyed the butchery training, especially as he was being paid to learn! Since completing his butchery apprenticeship and end-point assessment he has become an integral part of the team. He loves interacting with people and feels he learns something new every day.


Now more than ever apprenticeships are a great way of bringing new people into your team, or developing the skills of existing staff. On 1st April employer contributions were halved from 10% to 5%. This means the Government funds 95% of the apprenticeship training costs. In some circumstances 100% of training costs are covered. Talk to one of our friendly team to find out more.

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