Co-op program details

Baking and Pastry Arts Management

Program details

Credential: 2-Year Ontario College Diploma

In this specialized two-year diploma program, students acquire the advanced theoretical knowledge and practical techniques required for quality pastry and baking arts and management positions.

Students spend extensive time in state-of-the art labs and teaching facilities developing and expanding on core skills including: artisan breads and breakfast pastries; wedding and specialty cakes; chocolates and confections; plated desserts; classic and modern tarts, entremets and petits fours; laminated dough and viennoiseries; ice cream and sorbets; and artisan sugar confections. Technical knowledge of ingredient function, formula balance, and modern tools and technology are covered in detail.

The business skills necessary to run a successful operation are an integral part of the curriculum: cost control and forecasting; labour relations and leadership; sales and marketing and small business development.

Student availability & wage data

Conestoga College facilitates recruitment on an ongoing basis - there are no hard deadlines. Typical time frames for work terms are listed below.

Postings are accepted beginning four months before the start of a term until all students have secured employment provided the minimum 12 consecutive weeks of full-time work is met.

Work/Study Sequence

Year Fall (Sept - Dec) Winter (Jan - Apr) Spring (May - Aug)
Year 1 Classes Classes Work Term: $16.55-19
Year 2 Classes Classes

Conestoga College collects data on hourly wages of co-operative education students and offers suggested ranges as a service to employers for the purpose of establishing fair and competitive compensation.

Our experience has been that employers increase wages as skills increase, particularly when employing students for more advanced work terms. The Co-operative Education Office can provide assistance to employers in establishing appropriate wage rates.

Work term capabilities

  • Demonstrate fundamental baking, pastry, and confectionary skills and the knowledge necessary to plan, prepare and present menu items
  • Familiar with nutritional, allergen, and dietary requirements and restrictions
  • Demonstrate safe food and equipment handling skills
  • Engage in individual and collaborative work while maintaining professional decorum
  • Computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Smart Serve certified
  • Food Safety certified

Sample job titles

  • Baking Assistant
  • Pastry Commis
  • Bakery Associate

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Contact information

Do you need help developing a recruitment plan or job posting, accessing wage information, or connecting with a talented co-op student? Contact:

Jeff Hoekman
Employer Relations Consultant
519-748-5220 ext. 5137