Packer - Light Goods
Light goods packers pack all types of products. Many packers work on production lines. They pack products as they are made, using a variety of packaging. They also check goods for faults, while they are packing.
Also known as
- Light Goods Packer
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As a Light Goods Packer, you will pack all types of products, such as:
- food and drink
- electrical and electronic equipment
- small engineering parts
Your work depends on the type of product and manufacturing process. Many work on production lines and pack products as they are made.
You'll lift items from a conveyor belt and wrap them with protective materials, such as plastic, bubble-wrap or polystyrene. The items are then put into boxes, and might be padded with things like shredded paper or polystyrene pieces.
Packing can also involve checking goods for faults or damage, as part of the quality control process. Some work in production areas and others in warehouse or despatch departments.
Being able to read, write and speak Welsh may be an advantage when you’re looking for work in Wales.
Personal Qualities and Skills
To become a Light Goods Packer, you will need to:
- be a neat worker, able to do tasks at speed
- have good hand skills and co-ordination
- enjoy practical work
- be willing to do repetitive tasks, as many packers are involved in packing the same type of product week after week
Some can sit down as they work, but others spend most of their time on their feet. Good eyesight is required for some jobs.
Pay and Opportunities
The pay rates given below are approximate.
- Starting: £15,500 - £16,500
- With experience: £17,500 - £20,000
- Senior Light Goods Packers earn £22,000 - £24,500
Hours of work
Packers usually work 39 hours a week, which may include shift work and work at weekends.
Where could I work?
Employers are manufacturers in a wide range of industries.
Opportunities for Light Goods Packers occur in factories in towns and cities throughout the UK.
Where are vacancies advertised?
Vacancies are advertised on all the major job boards, on Find a Job, and at Jobcentre Plus.
Entry Routes and Training
You don't need any qualifications to become a packer.
Training is usually on-the-job with supervision from an experienced member of staff.
Some companies run an induction course for new employees that can last for a few hours or a few days.
Previous experience in postal work, packaging and delivery would be really useful for this career.
Progression could be to supervisory positions.
You do not usually need qualifications to enter this type of work.
It is illegal for any organisation to set age limits for entry to employment, education or training, unless they can show there is a real need to have these limits.
Skills gained in practical or technical work using your hands are helpful for people wanting to become packers.
Experience in postal work, packaging and delivery can be useful. Good handwriting is important.
- 13% of people in this career work part-time.
- 4% have flexible hours.
- 16% of employees work on a temporary basis.
Apprenticeships: Get In. Go Far
National Apprenticeship Service (NAS)
Tel: 0800 015 0400
Skills Development Scotland - Modern Apprenticeships
Tel: 0800 9178000