Our bakery apprentices are (quite literally) the bread and butter of Geary’s. We are looking for apprentice bakers to join our expanding business and learn all aspects of bakery production, from dough mixing and proofing through to final packaging. This apprenticeship will include day release at Moulton College.

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Closing date: 01 Aug 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Salary: Starting rate of £7.25ph, increasing to £11.07 once full trained and completed apprenticeship. Our brilliant benefits include free delicious bread and a Cycle to Work scheme.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, 40 hours per week including day release at college.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    04 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    21 Feb 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    10 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

As a bakery apprentice, you would be responsible for ensuring the delicious bread we produce and package is of the best possible quality, that adds a spark of joy to people’s daily lives. Your main responsibilities would include:

  • Mixing various doughs to specification, learning to see and feel what good looks like
  • Learning correct dough handling and moulding techniques
  • Checking product proof times and heights to deliver the same quality, every time
  • Setting oven temperatures according to product specification, and load/unload ovens
  • Checking products for quality and identify where a product is out of spec
  • Observing colour of products being baked and adjust oven temperatures/times accordingly
  • Checking equipment to ensure that it meets health and safety regulations, and perform maintenance or cleaning, as necessary
  • Measuring or weigh flour or other ingredients to prepare doughs and toppings using scales and measuring equipment
  • Checking the quality of raw materials to ensure that standards and specifications are met
  • Setting machinery to apply pre-bake toppings to dough, within specification
  • Applying pre-bake toppings by hand
  • Preparing the dough raw materials, ready for mixing
  • Preparing and maintaining production records
  • Operating slicing or wrapping machines

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

The apprenticeship will be a day release programme working with the employer, Geary's, and attending college for day release at the Food and Drink Innovation Centre at Moulton College. 

  • The apprenticeship is for a Level 2 standard qualification
  • English and maths qualifications form a mandatory part of all apprenticeships and must be completed before an apprentice can pass through gateway

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Opportunity to learn and progress within the company. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Team working, Passionate


GCSE or equivalent Maths & English (Grade 4) Desired

Things to consider

This role will involve work at two of Geary's locations: Hayhill Industrial Estate, Sileby Rd, Barrow upon Soar, Loughborough LE12 8LD and 30B Optimus Wy, Glenfield, Leicester LE3 8JR

About the employer

At Geary’s, we’re on a crusade to make proper bread more accessible to more people. We’re passionate about re-imaging the way Great Britain thinks about their everyday loaf. This passion is at the heart of everything we do, and have done, since 1906. We take a unique approach to baking, using traditional methods and recipes paired with cutting edge innovation. We are ‘born and bread’ in Leicestershire and proud of our long-standing heritage. Today, we operate from two sites on a 24/7 operation. We’re made up of over 300 people: a friendly, diverse and outgoing team, passionate about making a difference to the bakery industry.




Unit 25 Hayhill Industrial Estate

Barrow Upon Soar


LE12 8LD

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Training provider



Rebecca Mulholland

Apprenticeship standard


Level 2 (GCSE)

Employer's Application Instructions

If you are interested in this role, please apply through the indeed link. If you have any questions about the role, or would like to discuss your application, please contact us at:

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 01 Aug 2023