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Paper maker

Alternative titles for this job include Paper manufacturing operative, paper manufacturing worker, paper mill worker

Paper makers make products, including tissue and heavy board, from wood and recycled materials.

Average salary (a year)

£17,000 Starter


£25,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

41 to 43 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm on shifts

How to become

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How to become a paper maker

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


You can do a papermaker advanced apprenticeship.

This usually takes about 36 months to complete as a mix of learning on the job and study.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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Direct Application

You can apply directly for vacancies. You might be taken on as a trainee. Although you do not need specific qualifications, you may have an advantage when looking for work if you have GCSEs in maths and English, or equivalent qualifications.

Experience in paper recycling, production line work or being trained in forklift driving may be helpful.

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Further information

You can find out more about working in the paper industry from the Confederation of Paper Industries.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • observation and recording skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In your day-to-day tasks you could:

  • operate processing machines
  • remove metals and plastics from recycled materials
  • oversee the production process
  • check for damaged or sub-standard paper
  • store and load paper products ready for delivery

Working environment

You could work in a factory.

Your working environment may be noisy, hot and humid.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With training and experience you could move into jobs in quality control or paper technology.

Other career options include supervisory management, technical sales or production plant management.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a paper maker right now.

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Courses In England

Paper Crafts

  • Start date: 06 November 2023
  • Location: Bingham

Paper Making Introduction - Beginner/Intermediate

  • Provider: WM College
  • Start date: 03 February 2024
  • Location: London

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