A career in the plastic industry is not something most people plan from the outset, it’s something that kind of just happens. Many of the well-known plastic industry veterans started out in other industries and later found their way to plastics where they fell in love and never looked back.

If you are not one of these people and would prefer to jump straight into the world of possibilities working in the plastic industry provides, we hope this blog will help to answer some of the questions you may have.

Education and training 

When it comes to working in the plastics industry and particularly in the unskilled and semi-skilled production sector there is no specific educational requirement you need to adhere to although some plants would prefer candidates in possession of a Matric certificate at the least.

If you’re looking at a more formal position, like a technician, you will need to obtain some form of tertiary qualification from a university, college or technical school. For those who have a hunger for really getting to the heart of the chemicals and processes an engineering degree would put you in good standing for a career in the plastics industry.

Landing the gig

The starting point for newly qualified technicians or graduates is usually through an internship or apprenticeship. Fortunately, with the production and manufacturing industry today many plants and factories offer internships at the start of the year to give the graduates from the previous year a shot and the best part is that you can apply directly to the plant or factory.

Career progression 

So once your foot is in the door what are the chances for career progression you ask may ask. With the plastics industry the possibilities are endless. As your skills improve and you gain experience, production workers can quickly move into jobs operating more complex machinery. Some become supervisors or inspectors. Those who take courses at a technical school or college sometimes become technicians and engineers and scientists in this industry sometimes move into executive positions.

Remuneration and benefits

Remuneration varies and depends on a number of factors including the job, the location and the specific company or plant. In terms of benefits most jobs will make provision for paid holidays and vacations, medical aid and retirement plans, some places even offer company vehicles depending on the job you do.

Are you looking for a plastic technology solution to set your business apart from the competition? Contact Plastic & Chemical Trading today for information on how our equipment and solutions can help you do this.

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