Food processing workers produce and pack a wide variety of food items.

What does a food processing worker do?

Food processing workers usually work on a fast-moving production line, which has food passing along conveyor belts and through different stages, such as mixing, cooking and packing. They might work with frozen, canned, baked, dried, or pasteurised products.

What do I need to do to become a food processing worker?

You will need to be able to follow procedures and work quickly. You will also need to be observant and be able to concentrate for long periods of time, so you can spot problems with the food you are working with.

You don’t need any particular qualifications to start as a food processing worker, although some employers may prefer you to have some GCSEs. A good standard of general education may also help your career prospects, for example if you wish to become a supervisor. You may be able to get into this job through an apprenticeship in food and drink (food manufacturing).

Related skills

  • Attention to detail
  • Teamwork

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

Employers in this area often specialise in one aspect of food production, such as baking, freezing or brewing. In some cases, process work is seasonal, for example, canning and freezing soft fruit and vegetables. 

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