John L is Operations Manager at Gibsons Foods. He was made redundant after 24 years of working in the glass industry. During the following year he did a lot of menial jobs and applied for 553 others. He eventually got a job with prospects in the food processing industry. "I found the transition into the new job reasonably OK because the way I approached it was to take skills that I already had but to apply them in a slightly different way."
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Food, drink and tobacco process operatives set, operate and attend machinery to bake, freeze, heat, crush, mix, blend and otherwise process foodstuffs, beverages and tobacco leaves.
There are no formal academic entry requirements, though some GCSEs/S grades can be an advantage. Off- and on-the-job training is available. NVQs/ SVQs in Food and Drink Manufacturing Operations are available at Levels 1, 2 and 3. NVQs/SVQs in Tobacco Processing are available at Level 2.
- Sets, operates and attends machinery and ovens to mix, bake and otherwise prepare bread and flour confectionery products
- Operates machinery to crush, mix, malt, cook and ferment grains and fruits to produce beer, wines, malt liquors, vinegar, yeast and related products
- Attends equipment to make jam, toffee, cheese, processed cheese, margarine, syrup, ice, pasta, ice-cream, sausages, chocolate, maize starch, edible fats and dextrin
- Operates equipment to cool, heat, dry, roast, blanch, pasteurise, smoke, sterilise, freeze, evaporate and concentrate foodstuffs and liquids used in food processing
- Mixes, pulps, grinds, blends and separates foodstuffs and liquids with churning, pressing, sieving, grinding and filtering equipment
- Processes tobacco leaves by hand or machine to make cigarettes, cigars, pipe and other tobacco products.
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