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Recycled metals worker

Alternative titles for this job include

Recycled metals workers grade, sort, clean and bale scrap metal for recycling.

Average salary (a year)

£13,500 Starter

to

£25,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

41 to 43 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm

How to become

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How to become a recycled metals worker

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

Apprenticeship

You can start by doing a metal recycling operative intermediate apprenticeship.

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 do not need any particular qualifications to apply for jobs although GCSEs in English and maths can be useful.

Experience in metal working, operating a crane or forklift truck, or order picking on a production line may give you an advantage.

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Further information

You can find out more about training to work in recycling from the British Metals Recycling Association and Energy & Utilities jobs.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to operate and control equipment
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • knowledge of recycling processes
  • observation and recording skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need a large goods vehicle (LGV) licence if your job involves driving a lorry to collect metal waste.

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You could:

  • weigh and record metal collections
  • grade and sort metal, by hand or machine
  • shred scrap metal into pieces using hydraulic shears and cutters
  • clean scrap metal
  • use machines to crush the scrap into bales
  • operate lift trucks or cranes to stack or load sorted metal
  • drive lorries to collect or deliver recycled metal

Working environment

You could work at a waste recycling site.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

You could become a shift supervisor or manager after getting experience.

You could also become self-employed and start your own recycling business.

You could do a metal recycling technical manager higher apprenticeship.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a recycled metals worker right now.

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Courses In England

GCSE English

  • Provider: HUDDERSFIELD NEW COLLEGE
  • Start date: 29 August 2022
  • Location: Huddersfield

GCSE English

  • Provider: EALING, HAMMERSMITH & WEST LONDON COLLEGE
  • Start date: 12 September 2022
  • Location: London

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