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came just a few months after Sir Philip
Green announced that his Topshop
empire would be giving more work to
British suppliers.
Types of jobs in this sector include
technical, design and production.
There aren't usually any formal entry
requirements for lower-level positions,
and many junior roles are notoriously
low paid, however, they provide training
in the workplace - sometimes alongside
formal vocational qualifications such as
NVQs - which will help you move up.

After all, Smeg fridges and Dyson
vacuums didn't gain good reputations
due only to their practical functions.
As well as having a logical mind, you
will need to be creative and computersavvy, as your key tasks would include
developing ideas, making initial sketches
and picking out suitable materials, using
computer design software to produce
detailed final drawings.
You'll also need to have completed
a relevant qualification at degree,
foundation degree or BTEC/HND level.

Make... appliances

Make... railways

While many people take their washing
machines, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners
and other essential household goods for
granted, it's very difficult to imagine life
without them any more.
Luckily, the chances of ever having to
do so is slim, thanks to the electrical
appliances manufacturing industry.
This sector includes companies that
manufacture a variety of home gadgets,
in addition to electrothermal appliances
such as electric water heaters and electric
blankets. Some of the big home
appliance manufacturers in the UK are
Dualit, Dyson, Kenwood, Morphy
Richards and Russell Hobbs.
But who thinks up all these
appliances, you may ask. The answer:
Product Designers!
As a Product Designer, you would
typically specialise in a particular
product based on your training or
experience - in this case, household
appliances. As explained by the National
Careers Service: 'Whether you work on
a completely new product or an existing
one, your aim would be to ensure that
the product is easy to use, efficient,
cost-effective to produce and attractive
in appearance.'

'A s the pioneer of railway development,
the UK is at the forefront of building
even bigger and better rail systems, as
well as managing and enhancing a
long-established network,' said the
former government office UK Trade &
Investment, now called the Department
for International Trade.
Britain has a proud history of building
locomotives and it's great news that some
big projects have been brought back.
Purpose-built facilities enable the
manufacture of train rolling stock and
components that can serve the UK as
well as the wider European market.

2 3 4 /// J O B S & C A R E E R S

Make... cars
Last year Britain's automotive industry
produced 1.72 million cars - a 17-year
high, according, to the Society of Motor
Manufacturers and Traders (smmt.co.
uk). From car parts and systems, vehicle
and engine production and the wider
supply chain, some experts predict that
nearly 200,000 people will be employed
in this area by the 2020s.
Within a manufacturing facility there
are opportunities in other departments
including sales, marketing, finance,
human resources and purchasing.

Make... packaging
Brits spend billions of pounds packaging
food and other items every year. Once
virtually unheard of, packaging is now
a huge, lucrative industry, particularly
with the rise of online shopping.
It also 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
covers many areas.
Trade association The Packaging
Federation (packagingfedn.co.uk) is keen
to stress this sector's importance, saying:
'The UK packaging manufacturing
industry has annual sales of £11billion
and employs 85,000 people.'
Packaging manufacturing companies
have plenty of roles available, from
Designers and Engineers, to Sales and
Marketing Specialists. There may also
be roles in finance and management.

Make... electronics
Without the electronic manufacturing
industry, everyday devices such as PCs,
smartphones and tablets would be
impossible to reproduce on a mass scale.
This is not to mention a host of
solutions in telecommunications and
data communications, plus scientific
research, defence and aerospace.
Because of the state-of-the-art
technology you're working with, this
branch of manufacturing is particularly
fast-paced, exacting and challenging.
There are two paths: either working
for a contract electronics manufacturer
that makes products for other firms,
from prototypes to production builds, or
a job in-house with a specific company.
Whichever route you take, you'll get
to be part of a team which designs and
manufactures electronics products and
hi-tech solutions used every single day
by people all around the world.
FIND OUT MORE
* https://nationalcareersservice.
direct.gov.uk/job-profiles/
manufacturing-and-engineering
* jobs.foodmanufacture.co.uk
* eef.org.uk

Words: Heledd Williams, Images: Shutterstock

'The UK packaging manufacturing
industry has £11billion in annual
sales and employs 85,000 people'


http://packagingfedn.co.uk http://www.smmt.co https://nationalcareersservice http://direct.gov.uk/job-profiles/ http://jobs.foodmanufacture.co.uk http://eef.org.uk

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