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employs over 400,000 workers, but is expected to see a big increase
in managerial, professional and technical vacancies.
As a packaging operative or food process worker, your duties
will entail working on machines that put finished products such
as crisps, soups and drinks into packets, cans or bottles. There
are plenty of other opportunities too. According to the National
Skills Academy for Food & Drink, more than 49,000 new skilled
professionals and managers, along with 27,000 production staff, will
be needed by 2022.
Britain has a proud history of building locomotives and, as the
pioneer of railway development, is at the forefront of building even
bigger and better rail systems. The sector employs 240,000 people
and is a growing industry - the number of rail journeys is expected
to double over the next 25 years.
In autumn 2017, the Department for Transport set out details of a
£48bn investment in the rail system over the next five-year funding
period, an increase of more than £10bn from the last period. "This
settlement will help Network Rail and its supply chain to maintain
the UK's rail system to the greater benefit of the paying passenger,
freight companies and UK plc, and represents a good deal for
the taxpayer," says Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Railway
Industry Association. And increased investment almost inevitably
leads to increased job opportunities.
With roles in everything from sales and marketing to finance, HR
and purchasing, as well as design and engineering, a job in vehicle
manufacture could drive your career to new heights. Experts
predict that nearly 200,000 people will be employed in vehicle and
engine production and the wider supply chain area in the UK by the
2020s, so it's a field that is expanding.
While annual UK car production is slightly down year-on-year,
according to the latest figures from Society of Motor Manufacturers
& Traders (SMMT), engine manufacturing surpassed two million
in the third quarter of 2017 for the first time since records began,
rising 3.9% in September 2017 with more than 248,463 units made.
Domestic demand was up 11.1% compared with September 2016.
"UK engine manufacturing has repeatedly demonstrated the
benefits of long-term investment into research and development
and plants," says Mike Hawes, SMMT's chief executive. "It's
pleasing to see production exceed the two million mark already, but
future success depends on strong demand at home and abroad."
Packaging is a huge, lucrative
industry and one that's
growing, thanks in part to
the rise of online shopping
Without the electronics manufacturing
industry, everyday devices such as
computers, smartphones and tablets would
be impossible to produce on a mass scale.
That's not to mention the host of solutions
it provides in telecommunications and
data communications, scientific research,
defence and aeronautics.
The state-of-the-art technology you work
with means this branch of manufacturing
is particularly fast-paced and challenging.
There are two paths: either working for
a contract electronics manufacturer that
makes products for other firms, or a job inhouse with a specific company.
Whichever route you take, you'll get
to be part of a team that designs and
manufactures electronics products and
hi-tech solutions used every day by people
around the world.
Once virtually unheard of, packaging is now a huge, lucrative
industry and one that's growing, thanks in part to the rising
popularity of online shopping. The UK packaging manufacturing
industry is a major contributor to UK GDP, with annual sales of
£11bn, and it employs 85,000 people, representing 3% of the UK's
manufacturing workforce, according to the Packaging Federation.
Packaging often plays a key role in attracting consumers to buy a
particular product in the first place. From food, drink and consumer
goods to industry, automotives and chemicals, packaging can cover
many other sectors. Packaging manufacturing companies also have
a variety of roles available, from designers and engineers to sales
and marketing specialists. There are also roles for those interested
in finance and management.
Find out more
* EEF, the manufacturers'
* Food Manufacture Jobs
* Made Here Now
* UK Fashion & Textile
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