A Production Operative, also known as a production operator or worker, is someone who works in a factory putting together goods that are later sold to customers or suppliers.
You will most likely be working as part of a team in an assembly line under a supervisor and be assigned to a section, being shown how to do your specific role. This will often include setting personal targets as well as group performance objectives.
As part of this role, you may also be responsible for loading goods or materials onto the line, checking things like operating temperatures, using hand and air tools with confidence, and taking part in the on-site warehouse and operative training programmes to hone your skills.
It’s common to be moved around to learn different lines in the factory, which is great for giving you variety in your work and the opportunity to learn new skills.
This job does not require you to have any specific qualifications or educational background. Although previous assembly or mechanical experience is often desirable, full training is usually provided upon enrolment as part of your onboarding process.
Important skills include a keen eye for detail, good concentration skills, good timekeeping, and an attendance record. These will help you to perform your job effectively as well as notice and report any problems with the machinery. You may also be required to be in reasonably good health as this role requires you to stand on your feet for most of a shift.
You’ll be meeting and working with a wide range of people, so this role is a great way to meet new people! There are also many transferable skills to learn and if you find a company you like, there is plenty of room for progression and further training.
Progress into supervisor and management roles would include overseeing a section and its employees, making sure targets are safely met. You could also move to another area of the factory or warehouse, such as areas like transport or logistics, equipment maintenance or quality control.
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