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Prepare for your dream job with a Baking Apprenticeship. Learn to create memorable dessert experiences through pastry and baking artistry. With our California state-certified Baking Apprenticeship, you’ll receive expert training from experienced pastry chefs learning everything from mixing methods to creative cake decoration. Learn essential techniques and presentation methods to launch your career as a professional baker or pastry chef.

Baking Apprenticeship Details

Kitchens for Good provides a supportive, welcoming environment to help you build a sustainable career. We offer free education, weekly stipends, and transportation support. During the program, you’ll develop technical skills and receive career readiness instruction, ongoing case management support and career coaching so you’re ready to excel in your new career.

Applicants must complete a short application and participate in an in person try-out to determine eligibility. No experience necessary. Learn more about the Apprenticeship Programs and read the FAQ for more information.

Benefits of Being a Baking Apprentice

  • Tuition-free, hands-on training from industry professionals
  • Weekly stipends during skills training
  • Transportation support
  • Uniforms and tools needed to perform professionally
  • Food handlers’ certificate
  • Paid on-the-job training with an employer partner
  • 12 months of career coaching and customized support services
  • A career with starting compensation well above minimum wage and benefits
Photo of cake made by a baking apprentice on the baking apprenticeship

Are you

Next Class Begins

October 2023

Enrollment for the July 2023 Baking Apprenticeship programs has ended. All Apprenticeship applications will be processed for the October 2023 cohort, our Program Coordinator will reach out to you with in 7 business days to discuss your application. Thank you!

What you will

Technical Skills

  • Bakeshop Math
  • Basic Decorating
  • Breads and Dough
  • Cookies and Cake
  • Making Custards and Creams
  • Egg-based Desserts
  • Fats, Cholesterol and Dairy
  • Kitchen Equipment Identification and Use
  • Kitchen Safety
  • Mixing Methods
  • Overview of Types of Diets and Allergies
  • Pastry Dough
  • Pies and Tarts
  • Reading Nutrition Labels
  • Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Scaling and Measuring Ingredients
  • Sugar Cookery
  • Sugar Syrups, Glazes, Fudge and Caramel
  • Techniques for Fruit-Based Desserts
  • Types of Grains and Fiber

Career Readiness Instruction

  • Teamwork
  • Communication techniques
  • Conflict resolution
  • Stress management
  • Financial literacy
  • Employee rights
  • Resume writing
  • Job searching 101
  • Networking
  • Interviewing techniques







The Bakery
2474, San Diego Ave,
San Diego, CA, 92110

Ready to begin your baking