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Confectionery maker

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Summary of occupation

Confectioners mix, shape and cook chocolates, toffees and other sweets and lollies. They undertake many of the individual steps in the process of cooking and creating confectionery such as weighing and mixing ingredients, combining, dissolving or boiling them, and coating confectionery in chocolate. Confectioners may also ensure that production equipment is properly cleaned and maintained. They control the temperature of pressure cookers, check the consistency of products during the cooking process, and check the details of production schedules to make sure the right quantities are made.

ANZSCO description: Operates machines and performs routine tasks to make and wrap confectionery.
Alternative names: Chocolatier, Confectioner
Specialisations: Chocolate Maker
Job prospects: Average
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A confectioner needs:

  • a passion for chocolates, sweets and other forms of confectionery
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • the ability to stay on their feet for extended periods
  • to be able to work as part of a team
  • the ability to undertake detailed and intricate work
  • to maintain a high level of hygiene and be health and safety conscious.
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Working conditions

Confectioners usually work for confectionery manufacturers in large factory environments, but may also work in smaller, boutique confectionery shops or factories. They may be required to stand for extended periods, and their work is often repetitive. As confectioners work with food, their workplace is required to be sterilised and cleaned regularly. They are required to follow strict health and safety guidelines. They usually do shift work, which may include weekends and public holidays.

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Salary details

On average, confectionery makers, classified under food and drink workers, can expect to earn $1 143.70 per week ($59 472.40 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As a confectionery maker develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.

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Tools and technologies

Confectioners operate confectionery manufacturing and processing machinery such as boilers, baling presses, compressors, conveyor driven machinery, and storage silos, tanks and bins. They may also operate jar filling systems or wrapping machines. Confectioners may also operate industrial kitchen equipment such as ovens and cookers, deep fryers, steamers and mixers, as well as regular kitchen appliances such as microwaves and refrigerators. They may also operate laboratory equipment such as sonic and water baths, chemstations, stirrers and centrifuges. They are usually required to wear safety equipment.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

To become a confectionery maker you usually need to complete a traineeship in food processing. The traineeship takes 24 months to complete.​ 

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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