Food packaging operative

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

£20,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

41 to 43 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become a Food packaging operative

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

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, 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.

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Career tips

A forklift licence could be useful in some jobs for moving finished products to factory storage areas.

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
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

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

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

With experience, you could progress to supervisor or manager.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a Food packaging operative right now.

The Find an apprenticeship service can help you with your search, send alerts when new apprenticeships become available and has advice on how to apply.

Courses In England

Performing Manufacturing Operations ( Level 2)

  • Provider: Blackburn College
  • Start date: 03 September 2019
  • Location: BLACKBURN

Intermediate Apprenticeship in Improving operational performance - Pathway - Performing Manufacturing Operations.

  • Provider: SPRINGFIELDS FUELS LIMITED
  • Start date: 01 August 2019
  • Location:

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