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Jobs – and many job titles – across the manufacturing sector vary according to the sector they are in. However manufacturing jobs are mainly offered at four levels with different entry requirements

Trainee/apprenticeship such as trainee pre-press operative (printing), apprentice baker (food and drink), trainee packing operative, trainee print estimator, trainee production operative, apprentice maintenance engineer,  apprentice laboratory assistant, or apprentice cabinet making (furniture).

Operative – such as food and drink process operative (food and drink), chemical plant process worker, metals industry production operative, motor vehicle manufacturing operative, plastics process operative, sheet metal worker, textile operative, foundry process operator, assembler, production operative, distribution operative, pre-press operator (print), furniture assembly, or packing and dispatch operative.

Skilled and Technician – such as food scientist/technologist, quality assurance technician, food safety adviser, laboratory technician, polymer technician, optical engineering technician, CAD designer, graphic designer, furniture designer, wood machinist or specialist skilled crafts such as cabinet maker, baker, cake decorator, book binder, brewer or butcher.

Management – such as general plant manager, process team leader, estimator, production manager, operations manager, sales manager, purchasing manager, new product development, packaging manager, human resources manager, accounts manager, quality control inspector/manager, senior product design engineer , senior graphic designer, senior furniture designer, senior maintenance engineer, product technologist, food safety adviser, consumer analyst and health and safety officer.