Quality control assistant

Alternative titles for this job include Quality control technician, quality assurance inspector

Quality control assistants check that control systems and products meet recognised standards.

Average salary (a year)

£12,500 Starter

to

£25,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

41 to 43 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends on shifts

How to become a quality control assistant

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • specialist courses run by professional bodies

University

You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree, which includes quality control options, for example:

  • production management
  • business and management
  • manufacturing engineering

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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Apprenticeship

You could do an apprenticeship that covers quality control as part of the training.

The exact apprenticeship you do will depend on the industry you work in. For example, in engineering, you might complete an advanced apprenticeship in operations and quality improvement. In food production, you may take a food technologist advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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Direct application

You could apply directly for jobs if you have a a lot of experience in other areas, like engineering or health and safety.

Other routes

You can get relevant qualifications through the Chartered Quality Institute, and as part of management courses with the Chartered Management Institute.

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Career tips

Some knowledge of British quality standards and working methods will be useful when applying for jobs in quality control.

Further information

You can find out more about working in quality control through the Chartered Quality Institute.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to analyse quality or performance
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
  • active listening skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • dealing with customer feedback and complaints
  • assessing and rating suppliers
  • designing, reviewing and updating quality control policies
  • training new staff
  • producing reports

Working environment

You could work in a laboratory, in a factory or in an office.

Career path and progression

With experience and training you could move into supervisory, management or research jobs.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a quality control assistant right now.

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Courses In England

Training Assessment and Quality Assurance Awards TAQA (Level 4)

  • Provider: RIVERSIDE COLLEGE AND CRONTON SIXTH FORM
  • Start date: 02 September 2019
  • Location: WIDNES

Level 4 Award in Understanding the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice

  • Provider: THE COLLEGE OF ANIMAL WELFARE
  • Start date: 01 October 2019
  • Location: Tingley

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