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What are Food Production Jobs?

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When looking for work in the food industry, you are likely to come across the option to apply for food production jobs. But what do these roles entail, and what kind of qualifications do you need to get them? Here’s everything that you need to know about food production jobs to determine whether you want to apply for one - and how to apply.


Types of food production jobs

As you may be able to guess from the name, food production jobs usually relate to the production and manufacture of products that are intended for human consumption. However, this may include some phases that you have not yet thought about.

For example, lots of different food products will undergo different phases of preparation at different factories, or even in different factories. Consider the fate of a chicken reared in Thailand: normally it will be sent to slaughter at a local factory, where the meat will be prepared, chopped, and then vacuum-packed or packaged for transport.

When it arrives in the UK, this chicken could then be sliced into fillets or smaller pieces, coated with a batter or a spice rub mix, and then maybe pre-cooked. After all this has been done, it may be sent to another site, or may go through the final stage of the process at the same factory: being put into the final packaging for sale, complete with barcodes, use by date, and so on.

Using this chicken as an example, you can see how there can be many different roles available at different points along the process. Much of the work will also be done by machines, but there is scope for human oversight here, which means your job may entail use of machinery and robotics. 

Qualifications required for food production jobs


If you want to get involved with the world of food production, where do you begin? The good news is that you can start at entry-level without any qualifications at all. While good grades at GCSE and A-Level are always appreciated by employers, there is no need to have a particular set of results in order to get into food production. You will not need a degree either.

If you want to get started in a higher-level position, such as a supervisory role or managing the workforce, then you will be more likely to require a relevant qualification. This can vary from company to company, so be sure to check out requirements of any brand that catches your eye.


Requirements for food production jobs


There’s no minimum barrier to entry, so what’s the catch? Well, of course, when you start from the very bottom level, food production jobs can involve long hours and low pay. You may well be on minimum wage, and shift work is common - which can include night shifts in some cases.

Food production jobs are some of the most common in the industry, so if you’ve got your heart set on one then you’re probably in luck!