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Job Description

Uses equipment to assist with manufacturing and other steps on a production line, they may be expected to handle heavy machinery such as forklifts. They will be required to operate within industry standards and regulations in order to safely and efficiently operate the machinery.

Entry Requirements

You can get into this job through:


You could take an intermediate apprenticeship in lean manufacturing.

You'll usually need some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship.

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Direct Application

You could apply for production jobs directly. Some employers may expect you to have GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent qualifications. 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.

Career Path and Progression

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

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Required Skills

  • Good practical skills
  • The ability to work quickly and methodically
  • Good concentration levels
  • Able to follow instructions accurately
  • Flexibility
  • Good team working abilities

Salary Range

£14,000 to £20,000

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