How to become a waste warrior: Grace's story

Meet Grace, 23, from Lincoln, and find out how her interest in food manufacturing led to her job as a waste warrior, otherwise known as a food manufacturing inspector, for McVities. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

The main thing I love about my job is getting to spend time in our factories.

  • Grace works in a biscuit factory and it's her job to make sure the company wastes as little of their biscuits as possible
  • She studied Mechanical Engineering at university which has helped her understand the process of how biscuits are made
  • Grace found she was one of a few girls on her course and this has motivated her to prove what women can achieve.

Grace's career path

What to expect if you want to be a food manufacturing inspector

  • Food manufacturing inspector salary: £15,500 to £30,000 per year
  • Food manufacturing inspector working hours: 40 hours per week

What qualifications do you need to be a food manufacturing inspector?

  • Typical entry requirements: You’ll usually need; a minimum of five GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English, Science, and Maths. Some employers will also expect you to have qualifications in Food Technology, Biological Science, or Chemistry. Others may ask for experience as a qualified environmental health officer.

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

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