Some employers may expect you to have GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent qualifications. Experience work would be useful. You may have to take a test at interview to assess your practical skills.

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
  • measuring, grading and feeding batches of raw materials into production machinery
  • operating production line equipment, like a conveyor line in a canning factory
  • assembling goods on a production line, like fitting circuit boards into computers
  • reporting equipment faults to maintenance staff
  • finishing products, for example applying protective coatings
  • monitoring the production process and carrying out basic testing and quality checks
  • storing goods and raw materials in the factory or warehouse
  • using lifting equipment and forklift trucks
  • packing goods ready for shipment
  • cleaning and maintaining work areas and machinery

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

3D printing technician

Aerospace engineer

Aerospace engineering technician

Agricultural engineer

Agricultural engineering technician

Analytical textile technologist

Automotive engineer



Brewery worker

Building services engineer

CNC machinist

Car manufacturing worker

Chemical engineer

Chemical plant process operator

Crane driver

Design and development engineer

Research engineer, industrial designer


Electronics engineer

Energy engineer

Engineering construction technician

Engineering craft machinist

Engineering maintenance technician

Engineering operative

Food packaging operative

Food scientist

Foundry mould maker

Foundry process operator

Garment technologist



Leather craftworker

Maintenance fitter

Manufacturing supervisor

Manufacturing systems engineer

Marine engineer

Materials engineer

Materials technician

Meat process worker

Mechanical engineering technician



Motor mechanic

Motorsport engineer

Musical instrument maker and repairer

Naval architect

Non-destructive testing technician

Packaging technologist


Paint sprayer

Paper maker

Patent attorney

Pattern cutter

Product designer

Production manager (manufacturing)

Production worker (manufacturing)

Quality control assistant

Quarry worker

Rail engineering technician

Recycling operative

Reprographic assistant

Research and development manager


Sample machinist

Sewing machinist


Technical brewer

Technical textiles designer

Textile dyeing technician

Textile machinery technician

Textile operative

Textiles production manager


Vehicle body repairer


Wood machinist 

Interested in this or one of our other Work Experience opportunities?

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