Food factory worker Food process operative, food processing worker
Food factory workers make frozen, tinned, baked and dried products.
1. Entry requirements
You'll find it easier to get work if you've got:
- experience of working on a production line
- GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths
You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship.
2. Skills required
- practical skills to operate machinery
- attention to detail to spot problems
- the ability to work quickly and methodically
3. What you'll do
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- controlling machinery that processes food
- making sure there's a constant supply of ingredients
- checking instruments like temperature gauges
- reporting problems with equipment
- keeping machines clean
You'll work to high standards of hygiene. You'll need to follow health and safety guidelines.
Starter: £12,000 to £15,000
Experienced: £13,000 to £15,000
Highly Experienced: £15,000 to £20,000 (supervisor)
You may earn extra money for working nights.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll work 37 to 40 hours a week. You may work shifts, including days, nights and weekends.
You'll work on a production line, operating machinery. The temperature in the factory will depend on the food you're making.
You'll wear clean, protective clothing and a hat or hairnet.
6. Career path and progression
With experience, you could become a shift supervisor or move into quality control.
You could improve your job prospects by taking an industry qualification like a diploma in food team leading.
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Last updated: 21 August 2017