Alternative titles for this job include Order packer, packaging operative

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

Average salary (a year)

£12,000 Starter


£22,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

41 to 43 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends on shifts

How to become

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How to become a packer

You can get into this job through and apprenticeship or by applying directly.


You might be able to start 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, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Direct Application

You can apply directly to be a packer. There are no set qualifications to work as a packer. 

You might have to take an assessment to check your practical skills before being offered a job. It can also help if you have previous experience in packaging or a manufacturing role.

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Further information

You can find out more about working in warehousing from Generation Logistics.

What it takes

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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
  • concentration skills
  • the ability to work on your own
  • physical skills like movement, coordination and dexterity
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • customer service skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You might need a forklift truck licence for certain jobs.

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • check items to make sure they are not damaged or broken
  • weigh, label and wrap items
  • close containers and load packed onto a conveyor or pallets
  • report problems to supervisors
  • clean 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

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Career path and progression

With experience you could become a supervisor or shift leader.

You could also do training to become a quality control assistant or a delivery driver.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Warehouse Operative Apprentice

  • Wage: £10,982.40 Annually

Operative Apprentice

  • Wage: £12,355.20 Annually
  • Location: Yeoman Wharf,, Great Yarmouth

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