Production Worker (Manufacturing)

Job Description:

Production workers manufacture goods and parts in industries like pharmaceuticals, food and drink, construction and engineering.

Job Category:
Manufacturing & Electronics

What you will do:

In your day-to-day tasks you could:

  • measure, grade and feed raw materials into production machinery
  • operate production line equipment, like a factory conveyor line
  • assemble goods on a production line
  • report equipment faults to maintenance staff
  • monitor production and carry out basic testing and quality checks
  • store goods and raw materials in the factory or warehouse
  • use lifting equipment and forklift trucks
  • pack goods ready for shipment
  • clean and maintain work areas and machinery


You’ll need:

  • the ability to operate and control equipment
  • 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)
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be flexible and open to change (adaptability skills)
  • physical skills like strength and coordination
  • the ability to work well with your hands
Illustration of employee looking at workspace

Entry Requirements:

To become a Production Worker in the manufacturing industry, there are no specific subject requirements. However, having a strong educational foundation and certain skills can be beneficial for this role. Here are some suggested subjects that can help prepare you for a career as a Production Worker in manufacturing:

  1. Mathematics: Basic math skills are important for tasks like measuring materials, calculating quantities, and following production instructions.
  2. Science (Physics or Chemistry): Understanding basic scientific principles can be useful for comprehending manufacturing processes and following safety protocols.
  3. Design and Technology or Engineering: These subjects can provide insights into manufacturing processes, materials, and basic technical skills.
  4. ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Familiarity with computer usage can be helpful for tasks like entering data, operating machinery, and using manufacturing software.
  5. English: Good communication skills are crucial for understanding and following instructions, as well as for reporting any issues or discrepancies.

Post School

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


You could take an intermediate apprenticeship in lean manufacturing.

This typically takes about 12 months to complete as a mix of learning on the job and study.

Direct Application

You could apply for production jobs directly. Experience of production line work would be useful.

You may have to take a test at interview to assess your practical skills.

Career tips

A forklift truck training certificate could be useful for some jobs.

Working Hours and Environment:

A typical week consists of 37-42 hours of work. You could be required to work evenings/weekends/bank holidays on shifts.

You could work in a factory. You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience, you could be promoted to shift supervisor or move into quality control.