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)