Paper maker Paper manufacturing operative, paper manufacturing worker, paper mill worker
Paper makers make a range of paper products, including tissue and heavy board, from wood and recycled materials.
1. Entry requirements
There are no set requirements but experience on a production line or of operating a forklift truck could help you get a job.
GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths could also help.
You could start as a trainee or as an apprentice.
2. Skills required
- practical skills to use machinery
- the ability to follow operating and safety instructions
- the ability to pay close attention to detail
3. What you'll do
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- operating a range of processing machines
- removing metals and plastics from recycled materials
- overseeing the process, checking the pulp mixture
- checking for damaged or sub-standard paper
- storing and loading paper products ready for delivery
- following health and safety guidelines
Starter: £14,000 to £17,000
Experienced: £18,000 to £25,000
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll usually work around 40 hours a week, often on shifts covering nights and weekends
You'll work in a paper mill or paper recovery plant using computerised machinery. Processing plants can be noisy, hot and humid. You'll also work outside, loading and unloading deliveries.
You'll wear protective clothing.
6. Career path and progression
With training and experience you could move into jobs in quality control or paper technology.
Other career options include supervisory management, technical sales or production plant management.
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Last updated: 09 October 2018