Food Factory Worker

Job Description:

Food factory workers make frozen, tinned, baked and dried products.

Job Category:
Food & Drink

What you will do:

You’ll typically work on a production line following strict food safety and quality standards. You could:

  • control machinery that processes food
  • make sure there’s a constant supply of ingredients
  • check instruments like temperature gauges
  • report problems with equipment
  • keep machines clean


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

As well as:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail (organisational skills)
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work on your own (drive)
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • physical skills like lifting, bending and carrying
  • to be flexible and open to change (adaptability skills)
Illustration of employee looking at workspace

Entry Requirements:

To become a food factory worker, there are typically no specific requirements. Food factory workers are involved in various tasks related to food production and processing, and entry-level positions in this field often do not have strict educational requirements. However, having a good general education and certain skills can be beneficial for securing a job in a food factory. Here are some considerations:

  1. Basic High school subject: A standard set of qualifications in subjects like English and mathematics can be helpful, as they provide a foundation in basic literacy and numeracy skills, which are important in many job settings, including food factories.

Post School

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


You could get into this job through an intermediate or advanced food and drink process operator apprenticeship.

Direct Application

You can apply directly for jobs. You’ll have an advantage if you’ve got:

  • experience of working on a production line, especially with food
  • experience having studied English and maths

Working Hours and Environment:

A typical week consists of 42-44 hours of work. You could be required to work evenings/weekends/bank holidays.

You could work in a factory. Your working environment may be cold, hot and noisy. You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career Path & 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.