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Food packaging operative

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Food packaging operatives work on production lines to put food and drink products into containers, cans or packets.

Average salary (a year)

£12,500 Starter

to

£22,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

41 to 43 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become

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How to become a food packaging operative

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

College

You can do a Level 2 Award in Packaging Technology or Sustainable Packaging Technology. This can teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course

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Apprenticeship

You may be able to start by doing a food and drink process operator intermediate apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Direct Application

You could apply directly for jobs. You don't usually need any qualifications to start as a packaging operative, although it may help if you've worked on a production line before.

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 use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • the ability to work well with others
  • knowledge of maths
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You might need a forklift licence for some some jobs, for example to move finished products to factory storage areas.

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • pack products into containers
  • check products on the production line for quality
  • keep machines supplied with packaging materials and labels
  • report machine faults
  • adjust machine settings
  • move goods to storage areas

Working environment

You could work in a factory.

Your working environment may be hot, noisy and cool.

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 supervisor, production line manager or move into quality control work.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Food & Drink Process Operator Level 2 Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £10,000.00 Annually
  • Location:

Food Operative Apprentice

  • Wage: £152.25 - £287.35 Weekly
  • Location: Thetford

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