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Introduction

This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Packer. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Packer
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Packer Work Information


Finding Suitable Work

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Working Duties Expected

Packers put products into packaging either by hand, or in the case of heavy goods such as washing machines or vehicle engines, using lifting gear and a range of hand and power tools. The range of packaging varies depending on the contents but can include bags, sacks, drums and boxes. In some cases the packer will assemble the cartons, shrink-wrap goods, weigh products and label the packaging.

Packaging is used for many reasons:

  • protecting and containing goods to enable safe transportation
  • preserving perishable goods
  • to give products an attractive appearance
  • advertising the product to increase sales.


Some packers operate machines that do the packing work, loading the machine with raw materials, boxes and labels. A wide range of materials is used, including paper, board, bubble wrap, polystyrene chips, plastic film, glass, tin plate, aluminium foil, textiles and wood.

Hours and Environment:

Packers usually work a 37- to 40-hour week, often covering shifts to include weekends or nights. Part-time work is common and there may be overtime.

Many packers work in factories and spend most of their time sitting or standing. Some factories are light and airy but others can be dusty and dirty. Some types of work, such as packing medicines, must be done in sterile conditions.

Skills and Interests:

To be a packer you should:

  • be able to perform repetitive tasks carefully and methodically
  • have manual dexterity for some jobs
  • be able to work at speed
  • be physically fit
  • have clear handwriting for writing labels
  • be aware of safety issues.


Entry:

You do not need any particular academic qualifications to be a packer. However, it may be helpful to have some Key Skills qualifications, GCSEs/S grades or GNVQs/GSVQs.

Some employers select workers via an entry test to assess practical skills.

Certain job roles may require a fork lift truck licence.

Training:

Training methods depend on the employer you work for and the industry you are in, and may include a short induction covering health and safety, staff welfare and employment conditions. A supervisor or trainer will then show you the skills needed for the job.

NVQs/SVQs levels 1 and 2 in Packaging Operations are available. The British Association of Removers Training Services runs short courses, which includes packing training, for those working in the removals industry.

Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).

Opportunities:

Factories throughout the UK employ packers. Many other organisations also employ packers, including mail order companies, warehouse and storage companies, shipping and forwarding agents, large retailers, removals firms, and companies specialising in exporting goods.

Packers may progress to supervisor or chargehand.

Annual Income:

Figures are intended as a guideline only. Salary rates for packers vary considerably depending on the industry, and the speed and experience of the job holder. Some packers are paid piece rates while others receive a basic salary.

Starting salaries are around £7,500 a year.
Experienced staff earn from £9,000 to £14,000.

Packers may receive additional payments for working shifts and overtime.

Further information:

British Association of Removers
3 Churchill Court
58 Station Road
North Harrow
Middlesex
HA2 7SA
Tel: 020 8861 3331
www.barmovers.com

Other Useful Packer Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Packer job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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