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.

Zoe's career path

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

What qualifications do you need to be a paper maker?

  • 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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