Alternative titles for this job include Order packer

Packers work in factories and warehouses, putting products into containers like boxes and crates for delivery.

Average salary (a year)

£14,000 Starter


£18,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

41 to 43 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends on shifts

How to become a packer

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


You may be able to start work as a packer through a warehouse operative intermediate apprenticeship. You could do this with a retail, distribution or manufacturing company.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

More information

Direct application

You can apply directly for jobs. There are no set qualifications to work as a packer. You may have to take an assessment to check your practical skills before being offered a job.

Previous experience in packaging or any manufacturing role can help. 

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work on your own
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of English language
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and requirements

You may need a forklift truck licence for certain jobs.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • packing goods with bubble wrap and polystyrene chips
  • sealing containers using glue, staples or shrink-wrap
  • weighing and labelling packaged goods
  • reporting problems to supervisors
  • cleaning work areas

Working environment

You could work in a factory or in a warehouse.

Your working environment may be cool.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

With experience you could become a supervisor or shift leader. With training, you could work in quality control or move into delivery work.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Warehouse Operative Apprentice

  • Wage : £180.00 Weekly
  • Location: Belvedere DA17 6AN

Apprentice Warehouse Operative Millbrook Healthcare

  • Wage : £180.00 Weekly
  • Location: Plymouth PL6 7PY

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.

  • Start date: 01 August 2019
  • Location:

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