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Hand Finisher
Ulster Carpets

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Linda M

0:02 My name is Linda M. I’m forty-six years old. I work for Ulster Carpet Mills as a hand finisher and I’ve worked for the company for fourteen years.

00:13 Well first of all we have to check the backs of the carpets and if there’s faults there we have to sew the backing in and then it comes round to the front and we walk up and down and we face the carpets for mending. If it doesn’t take too long we mend them ourselves but if it takes too long we send them over to our mender.

00:34 Well I was trained over in the weaving sheds and I went through all the jobs in the weaving place. It was all shift work and then I needed a day job, and the only day jobs were over in hand-finishing, so that’s how I ended over in hand finishing.

00:47 It’s friendly, most of the people, I know most of the people and I get on with most of the people and it’s close to where I live and I don’t drive so I can walk to work and the hours suit.

01:02 I was employed at another company and I decided I needed a change and a um more challenging job.

01:12 I worked in Moy Park, just processing chickens and it was a bit monotonous at the time. I got divorced and I just had to fend for myself with my children but it was my turning point too. But I made the most of that and that’s when I started in the carpet factory as well cos it was more money and better hours and things like that as well.

01:38 It was just general subjects like maths, history, geography, English and the sciences. I done enough to get my grades, if you know what I mean but I, I wish now I had made more of my schooling, you know, took more opportunities with school, instead of just trying to get through it as quick as possible to get out the other side. That’s why I pushed my own children on to do, you know, more at school and better at school. But my kids has done well. One’s graduated from university and the other one’s a classroom nursery school teacher, so not too bad. I don’t know where they got their brains from.

02:25 I was initially wanting to go into catering. I had, I had actually applied for Portrush um catering college but my application went in too late so I had to then wait and re-apply the next year and I had started working so I just kept on working and I didn’t do that.

02:44 I, I didn’t actually feel I’d missed it until later years, at the time I didn’t think, think I was missing it but now, when I look back, I say to myself I should have took that opportunity but I didn’t, so.

02:56 My father was, he’s a, he was a gardener and handyman, that was and my mother just worked in a factory too, so she did.

03:05 When I was at school there wasn’t the same opportunities there is now for schoolchildren or even women. Now there’s more opportunities for women now in every field of work in the workplace and offices and whereas when I was at school there wasn’t that opportunity.

03:23 Finish your education and go as far as you can in school before you quit or even think of quitting school.

Linda M has worked as a hand finisher for Ulster Carpet Mills for fourteen years. When Linda got divorced she realised she needed a job where she could spend more time with her children, and she is very proud of how they have turned out - "One's graduated from university and the other one's a classroom nursery school teacher". But she wishes she had concentrated more during her own education, and says "Finish your education and go as far as you can in school before you quit or even think of quitting school."

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The UK average salary is £28,758

average weekly hours

There are 37.5 hours in the average working week

72%  male  28%  female 

The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male

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Quality control and planning engineers plan production schedules, work sequences, and manufacturing and processing procedures to ensure accuracy, quality and reliability.


Quality control and planning engineers usually possess an accredited university degree. After qualifying, periods of appropriate training and experience are required before membership of a chartered engineering institution is achieved. Incorporated engineers possess an accredited university degree, BTEC/SQA award or an apprenticeship leading to an NVQ/SVQ at Level 4. All routes are followed by periods of appropriate training and relevant experience.


  • Devises inspection, testing and evaluation methods for bought-in materials, components, semi-finished and finished products;
  • Ensures accuracy of machines, jigs, fixtures, gauges and other manufacturing and testing equipment;
  • Prepares work flow charts for individual departments and compiles detailed instructions on processes, work methods and quality and safety standards for workers;
  • Analyses plans, drawings, specifications and safety, quality, accuracy, reliability and contractual requirements;
  • Prepares plan of sequence of operations and completion dates for each phase of production or processing;
  • Oversees effective implementation of adopted processes, schedules and procedures.
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