Food packaging operative
Food packaging operatives work on production lines to put food and drink products into containers, cans or packets.
1. Entry requirements
There are no set requirements, but it may help if you have:
- previous experience of work on a manufacturing production line
- a forklift licence
2. Skills required
- good observational skills
- the ability to work quickly
- good teamworking skills
3. What you'll do
Your duties might include:
- checking products on the production line for quality
- keeping machines supplied with packaging materials and labels
- reporting machine faults
- adjusting machine settings
Starter: £12,500 to £16,000
Experienced: £17,000 to £20,000
You may get more for working night shifts.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’ll usually work 37 to 40 hours a week on a shift system. This will often include evenings and weekends. Overtime is common.
Factories can be noisy and hot or cool, depending on the product being packed.
You’ll wear protective clothing.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience, you could progress to supervisor or manager.
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Last updated: 14 December 2016
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