Food Packaging OperativeJob Description:
Food packaging operatives work on production lines to put food and drink products into containers, cans or packets.Job Category:
What you will do:
In this role you could:
- pack products into containers
- check products on the production line for quality
- keep machines supplied with packaging materials and labels
- report machine faults
- adjust machine settings
- move goods to storage areas
- knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
- the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
- knowledge of maths
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
As well as:
To become a food packaging operative, you generally don’t need specific qualifications, as many entry-level positions in this field focus on practical skills and on-the-job training. However, having a good general education and certain skills can be beneficial for securing a job in food packaging. Here are some considerations:
- Basic high school subjects: 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 packaging.
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You can do a Packaging Technology or Sustainable Packaging Technology Course (Level 2 in the UK). This can teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job.
You may be able to start by doing a food and drink process operator intermediate apprenticeship.
You could apply directly for jobs. You don’t usually need any qualifications to start as a packaging operative, although it may help if you’ve worked on a production line before.
Restrictions and Requirements
You might need a forklift licence for some some jobs, for example to move finished products to factory storage areas.
Working Hours and Environment:
You could work in a factory.
Your working environment may be hot, noisy and cool.
You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience, you could become a supervisor, production line manager or move into quality control work.