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Food factory worker

Alternative titles for this job include Food process operative, food processing worker

Food factory workers make frozen, tinned, baked and dried products.

Average salary (a year)

£14,000 Starter


£27,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

42 to 44 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become

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How to become Food factory worker

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


You could get into this job through an intermediate or advanced food and drink process operator apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

More Information

Direct Application

You can apply directly for jobs. You'll have an advantage if you've got:

  • experience of working on a production line, especially with food
  • GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work on your own
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You'll typically work on a production line following strict food safety and quality standards. You could:

  • control machinery that processes food
  • make sure there's a constant supply of ingredients
  • check instruments like temperature gauges
  • report problems with equipment
  • keep machines clean

Working environment

You could work in a factory.

Your working environment may be cold, hot and noisy.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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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.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Food and Drink Processing Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £11,648 to £20,820.80 a year Annually
  • Location: 28 Holland Road, Hove

Food & Drink Process Operator Level 2 Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £9,152 a year Annually
  • Location: Precision 4 Business Park, Styles Close,, Sittingbourne, Kent

Courses In England

Food Industry Skills - Level 2

  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: Blackpool

Certificate in Food Industry Skills

  • Start date: 03 September 2024
  • Location: NANTWICH

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