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Manufacturing supervisor

Alternative titles for this job include Factory supervisor, production line supervisor, shift supervisor

Manufacturing supervisors keep production lines running smoothly and manage staff.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter


£37,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

41 to 43 a week

You could work

days / nights / weekends on shifts

How to become

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How to become a manufacturing supervisor

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly


You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Relevant courses include:

  • Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Team Leading
  • T Level in Management and Administration

    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
    • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
    • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level

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    You could do a team leader advanced apprenticeship or process leader higher apprenticeship.

    Entry requirements

    There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have:

    • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
    • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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    You could work your way up to a supervisor's job after getting 1 or 2 years' experience as a production worker.

    Direct Application

    To go straight into a supervisor job, you'll usually need qualifications or experience from related manufacturing work, like machinery maintenance or quality control.

    What it takes

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    What it takes

    Skills and knowledge

    You'll need:

    • leadership skills
    • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
    • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
    • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
    • the ability to use your initiative
    • excellent verbal communication skills
    • thinking and reasoning skills
    • sensitivity and understanding
    • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

    What you’ll do

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    What you'll do

    Day-to-day tasks

    In your day-to-day tasks, you could:

    • plan staff shift rotas
    • report machinery breakdowns
    • monitor stock and order supplies
    • make sure your team meets its production targets
    • carry out quality control checks and write reports
    • update paperwork like holiday requests and sick leave
    • organise staff training

    Working environment

    You could work in an office or in a factory.

    You may need to wear protective clothing.

    Career path and progression

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    Career path and progression

    With experience you could move into quality control, production planning and management or research and development.

    Current opportunities

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    Current opportunities

    Apprenticeships In England

    Team Leader apprenticeship

    • Wage: £163.13 - £307.88 Weekly
    • Location: Not known

    Courses In England

    ILM Certificate in Team Leading

    • Start date: 09 May 2022
    • Location: Birkenhead

    Certificate In Team Leading L2

    • Provider: North Tyneside Adult Learning Service
    • Start date: 11 January 2022
    • Location: North Shields

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