Job type

Paper maker

£17k - £25k

Typical salary

36 – 43

Hours per week

Paper makers make a range of paper products, including tissue and heavy board, from wood and recycled materials.

More info

  • Work with specialist machinery and techniques to manufacture paper
  • Work can be physical and the factory environment can be noisy
  • Opportunities to move into paper technology, quality control or management roles

As a paper maker, you'll be making products using wood and recycled materials at a production plant or in a mill.


  • Operating a range of processing machines
  • Removing metals and plastics from recycled materials
  • Overseeing the process
  • Checking the pulp mixture
  • Checking for damaged or sub-standard paper
  • Storing and loading paper products ready for delivery
  • Following health and safety guidelines


Your working environment might be noisy, hot, and humid, and you'll need to wear protective clothing.

You'll need

To be a paper maker, you'll need the ability to work well with your hands, knowledge of manufacturing production and processes, the ability to use, repair, and maintain machines and tools, thoroughness and attention to detail, observation and recording skills, the ability to work well with others, good initiative, and patience in stressful situations.

You can do a papermaker advanced apprenticeship to get into this role.

Direct application is also possible, and you might be taken on as a trainee. Specific qualifications are not needed, but if you have GCSEs in maths and English (or equivalent), you may have an advantage.

Experience in paper recycling, production line work or forklift training may be helpful.


With training and experience you could move into jobs in quality control or paper technology. Other career options include supervisory management, technical sales or production plant management.