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Think of a few everyday objects: The chair you’re sitting on, the toaster you used this morning, the TV in your living room. How do these products get from their most basic components to a finished, functioning and retailed product?

Over two and a half million people are employed manufacturing goods in the UK, accounting for 44% of total exports. Manufacturing involves the conversion of parts, components or raw materials into products that meet customers’ expectations or specifications and usually consists of human and machine processes, with division of labour in large scale production lines and facilities.

Food, household products, industrial chemicals and equipment, vehicles, furniture, toys – the scope of products you could be involved in creating is vast, needing many skilled roles to support it. Production line operatives, warehouse managers, equipment technicians, packers, wood and metal workers, electricians, designers, software specialists to name just a few are all helping to make manufacturing a resurgent sector in the UK.

Thanks to online sales, smaller scale production is also booming, with many start-ups offering premium, custom made objects for utility or recreation, employing people with skills in arts and crafts, materials such as woodwork and now plastic through the rise of 3-D printing.

Many of Norfolk’s manufacturing employers – especially those in food and related processing – are experiencing significant growth and this is expected to be sustained. Examples include Bernard Matthews, Kettle Foods (Kettle Chips), Kinnerton, Pasta Foods and Hain Daniels (producing Linda McCartney products and the Sainsbury’s ‘Taste the Difference’ dessert range).

If you want to be part of a team that constructs things from the ground up, from plans to packaged product, you should consider a career in this sector.

Did You Know?
Sudbury is the silk capital of the UK. In the Middles Ages Sudbury grew very wealthy thanks to a wool trade that swept across the nation. The small town still benefits from the textile trade and has four working mills which manufactures 110 metric tonnes of Chinese silk every year and even silk for a Royal residence.

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Multi-skilled Engineering Apprentice - Muntons Plc
Closing Date:
30th September 2020
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£13,715 per year
Location:
Stowmarket, Suffolk
Employer DescriptionMuntons is a leading supplier of malts and malted ingredients to the food and drinks industry worldwide.They have a 45 Acre site, are open 365 days a year, have a 24/7 manufacturing facility supplying 90+ different countries. They have an e...
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Warehouse Apprentice : CARGO SECURE LIMITED
Closing Date:
7th October 2020
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£182.00 - £348.80 p/w
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Felixstowe, Suffolk
A vacancy is available in the Warehouse Department assisting in the day to day operations.
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Warehouse Apprentice - Sudbury
Closing Date:
29th September 2020
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£10,500.00 p/a
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Sudbury, Suffolk
Howdens Joinery is the UK's largest manufacturer and supplier of fitted kitchens, appliances and joinery products. You will learn how to work effectively in a depot warehouse ensuring stock is picked, dispatched and received accurately. You will also ensure He...
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