Food factory worker Food process operative, food processing worker
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Food factory workers make frozen, tinned, baked and dried products.
1. Entry requirements
You'll find it easier to get work if you've got:
- experience of working on a production line
- GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths
You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship.
2. Skills required
- practical skills to operate machinery
- attention to detail to spot problems
- the ability to work quickly and methodically
3. What you'll do
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- controlling machinery that processes food
- making sure there's a constant supply of ingredients
- checking instruments like temperature gauges
- reporting problems with equipment
- keeping machines clean
You'll work to high standards of hygiene. You'll need to follow health and safety guidelines.
Starter: £12,000 to £15,000
Experienced: £13,000 to £15,000
Highly Experienced: £15,000 to £20,000 (supervisor)
You may earn extra money for working nights.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll work 37 to 40 hours a week. You may work shifts, including days, nights and weekends.
You'll work on a production line, operating machinery. The temperature in the factory will depend on the food you're making.
You'll wear clean, protective clothing and a hat or hairnet.
6. Career path and progression
With experience, you could become a shift supervisor or move into quality control.
You could improve your job prospects by taking an industry qualification like a diploma in food team leading.
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Last updated: 11 September 2018