How to become a production worker (manufacturing)

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

Apprenticeship

You could take an intermediate apprenticeship in lean manufacturing.

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 could apply for production jobs directly. Some employers may expect you to have GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent qualifications. Experience of production line work would be useful.

You may have to take a test at interview to assess your practical skills.

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Career tips

A forklift truck training certificate could be useful for some jobs.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • measuring, grading and feeding batches of raw materials into production machinery
  • operating production line equipment, like a conveyor line in a canning factory
  • assembling goods on a production line, like fitting circuit boards into computers
  • reporting equipment faults to maintenance staff
  • finishing products, for example applying protective coatings
  • monitoring the production process and carrying out basic testing and quality checks
  • storing goods and raw materials in the factory or warehouse
  • using lifting equipment and forklift trucks
  • packing goods ready for shipment
  • cleaning and maintaining work areas and machinery

Working environment

You could work in a factory.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could be promoted to shift supervisor or move into quality control.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Lean Manufacturing Operative Apprentice

  • Wage: £146.25 Weekly
  • Location: Washington

Manufacturing Operative Apprentice

  • Wage: £156.00 Weekly
  • Location: Stockton-On-Tees

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