If you have a genuine interest in baking, enjoy chemical processes, possess a keen sense of taste and smell, and are creatively-inclined, you have all the ingredients to create a masterpiece in the Baker Apprenticeship.
Blend your passion for baked goods into a career you love in the Baker Apprenticeship. The Baker Apprenticeship is delivered through the provincial Weekly Apprenticeship Training System (WATS). And as a baker in WATS, you’ll be earning dough while making dough – you’ll work full-time in the industry and attend class just one day a week.
On campus, you’ll acquire new skills and expand your expertise in the art of baking. From preparing cakes, pastries and quick breads to becoming certified in Food Safe, you’ll cover it all. And you’ll gain organizational and management skills studying formula calculations to estimate baking requirements and daily menu planning. On the job, you’ll be able to immediately test out your newly acquired skills and expertise.
Pursue your passion for baking – apply to the Baker Apprenticeship program today!
In just three short years, you’ll be ready to write the Red Seal exam and pursue your career in:
- specialty bakeries
- catering companies
- camps and hotels
Please note: This is a Year 1 and 2 pilot program according to Apprenticeship Alberta (Year 3 is pending approval).
Weekly Apprenticeship Training System (WATS) programs involve one day of training at Lethbridge College per week throughout the length of the program.
- Standard Workplace Safety
- Yeast Raised Goods
- Cookies, Cakes, Pastries and Quick Breads
- Creams, Custards, Fillings and Icings
- Trade Mathematics
View the full course outline for the Baker – WATS Apprenticeship.
- Successful completion of English 10-2, Math 10-3, or a pass mark in all five Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests, or entrance exam.
- English 30-2, Math 30-3, Physics 20 or Chemistry 20 or Science 20, and related career and technology studies courses are recommended.
Please note: You must be a registered apprentice to apply for this program. Information on how to become a registered apprentice is available on the Alberta Government's website.
Additional information on apprenticeship and industry training is available on Alberta's Tradesecrets website.
You can apply for apprenticeship and industry training through MyTradesecrets.
To arrange a tour, call 403-320-3322 or toll-free 1-800-572-0103.
Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board
Provincial Building, Room 280
200 - 5th Avenue South
Lethbridge AB T1J 4C7
Outside of North America: 1-403-476-9757
Ask about the Alberta Apprenticeship Scholarship Program. You might discover you’re eligible for a financial award!
The perfect blend
Spend just one day a week on campus gaining technical training vital to your career.
Many apprenticeships require you to be on campus and away from the job for periods of eight weeks at a time. But with the Weekly Apprenticeship Training System, you remain employed on a full-time basis. Just one day a week is spent here on campus gaining technical training vital to your career. It’s what we call the perfect blend.
Hands-on, immersive training
Students serving students
You’ll be serving up culinary creations to the campus community.
Students serving students
Unlike most culinary programs where, for cost-saving purposes, students learn by watching demos and are then expected to somehow survive in the industry, at Lethbridge College you’ll actually prepare food. In fact, you’ll be treated like an employee as you prepare all food on campus from scratch. That food is then used in upcoming menus for our Food Court and Garden Court dining room as well as banquets and special functions. Our Culinary Services experience truly is students serving students.
With the exception of a required amount of theory (based on hours) in a traditional classroom, you’ll spend the majority of your time learning in kitchens and labs that emulate the restaurants, clubs and large scale operations like cruise ships and oil camps that will one day be your workplace.
That’s right. You’ll learn the science behind the food.
Though often referred to as the culinary arts, there is a whole other side to cooking: science. And in our culinary arts programs, we’re bringing that science into the classroom to improve your skills and expertise.
As a student in one of our culinary programs, you’ll tour our Aquaculture Centre of Excellence (ACE) to learn about sustainable growing of produce and food fish. Researchers over at ACE are growing produce with, believe it or not, fish waste. But the research to date indicates that there’s nothing fishy about the food grown in ACE.
Intrigued? You’ll have the opportunity to participate in ongoing organoleptic (sensory) testing led by Chef Rob Sonnenberg. It’s a test you can’t exactly prepare for. You’ll taste a variety of produce that could be from the aquaponics facilities a hundred metres away or from a store that’s a kilometer down the street. And your insights into things like preference, taste, look, smell and texture will help determine just how good the produce grown in our aquaponics facilities is.
Testing the best and brightest in skilled trades and technology.
After a year or two here, you’ll have what it takes to compete with the best of the best in your field on the provincial and national stage at Skills Canada. The Skills Canada National Competition is the only national, multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices in the country. It’s an experience of lifetime, with the possibility of being named the nation’s best in your chosen field. That opportunity starts with the exceptional hands-on training you’ll receive at Lethbridge College.
Red Seal designation
The ultimate goal of your apprenticeship is to work towards obtaining a journeyman and Red Seal in Baking at the end of three years. The Red Seal is the Canadian standard for excellence in skilled trades and is respected nationally and globally, opening up doors for your career.
Our students can be found cooking in places all over the world, competing in the World Culinary Olympics (and winning gold), supporting Culinary Team Alberta and Canada on the international stage, and opening up their own restaurants and establishments.
Upon successful completion of your apprenticeships and exams, you’ll receive a Red Seal endorsement on your provincial trade certification. And with that designation, you’ll be able to go from here to anywhere around the world.