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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.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £14,000 to £25,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

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

You'll need:

  • 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

4. Salary

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: 18 August 2017