How to become a paper maker: Zoe's story

Meet Zoe, 20, and find out more about life as an apprentice paper maker at Two Rivers Paper Company in Somerset. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

"I truly believe this is something I'll be doing for the rest of my life."

  • Zoe enjoyed Science at school but wasn't sure what job they wanted to do
  • As an apprentice, they are learning traditional methods to make watercolour paper for artists
  • Zoe loves the hands-on nature of the job and believes it's a career for life.

What to expect if you want to be a paper maker

  • Paper maker salary: £14,000 to £25,000 per year
  • Paper maker working hours: Average 40 hours per week
  • Typical entry requirements: There are no set requirements but experience on a production line could help you get a job. GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and Maths could also help. Like Zoe, you could start learning the craft as a trainee or as an apprentice.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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