Production line staff

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Currently employed in Scotland


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What's it like?

You would pack products safely in boxes or other containers, ready to be sent to shops, homes or businesses.

You might pack products by hand, operate a packing machine or look after packaging materials and labels.

You would:

  • Pack goods with padding and protection such as bubble wrap or polystyrene
  • Seal containers using glue, staples or shrink-wrap
  • Weigh and clearly label packaged goods ready to be sent out
  • Clean work areas
  • Report any problems during the shift to supervisors

In the case of heavy goods, such as washing machines or vehicle parts, you would use loading and lifting gear. You might also use a forklift truck to move goods to storage areas.

You would need to be able to carry out repetitive tasks quickly and carefully. This would mean following health and safety rules closely, particularly when working with dangerous materials.

Working conditions


You would normally work between 35 and 42 hours a week. This could include shift work and may cover weekends or nights. Part-time work is common and there may be overtime.


You would be based in a factory or warehouse, and would spend most of your time sitting or standing at a packing machine or conveyor line. Some jobs, such as packing medicines, are done in sterile conditions. Meat packing would take place in a chilled environment.

UK employment status





Self employed


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  • Reliable
  • Time management
  • Attention to detail
  • Reading
  • Cooperating
  • Observation
  • Working with numbers
  • Problem solving

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There are no formal qualifications required to enter this role.

You will also need

  • To not be prone to dust or chemical allergies
  • A forklift truck licence for certain jobs.

You may have to sit an entry test to assess your practical skills.

Helpful to have

Qualifications that show practical and employability skills such as SQA  Employability Award (SCQF level 3/4).