Dani Keep

Dani Keep

Food Packaging Technician

Dani’s job title is Apprentice Packaging Technologist at Premier Foods

What I do

The one thing I wish people knew about my job is that it actually exists! There’s so many jobs within the packaging and technical industry that no one knows about. I implement new packaging and make changes to existing packaging, including artwork approval, dealing with quality issues, looking at sustainability and recyclables, as well as reducing the use of plastic. I also assist with factory trials.

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How I became a technician

A typical day in my
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A little more about
my everyday role

There are eight people on my course, and we are all doing blended learning. There’s a lot of testing in my role. For instance, I recently worked in a vacuum chamber taking samples from the line to check the seals were working correctly. I collated statistics on how many seals failed and how many passed. I enjoyed that process.

The best bits about working in a team

My line manager and I are the two packaging people on site. We work at a dry food site, so we have loads of products people will recognise, including Birds, Angel Delight, Paxo, Bisto and many more. We are a small part of a larger team called the Innovation Team, which is made up of eight people, and we work with all the new things. So, if there is a new product coming to site, we have to implement it, run trials and make sure it all works.

My line manager and I do the packaging side of things and the rest of the team look more at the ingredients side of things. It can be stressful at times, but it’s good – it’s definitely not a boring job! I really enjoy being part of a team as we work really well together. We all communicate really well, and we connect during different elements of the project.

The most exciting thing I’ve achieved so far in my job

I haven’t been here that long, but I definitely have aspirations. I really hope I'll be promoted to Assistant Surveyor in the next six months – that’s my goal. Whilst being here, I have been involved in exploring different recyclable alternatives to laminated packaging which has involved making samples. It was a big job, and I was really happy to do it because it gave me a real sense of achievement as it really matters. I’ve also helped organise events like the work Christmas party and other social and cultural get-togethers, which have also felt like achievements in their own way.

The next steps in my career journey

Once I have my qualification and more experience, hopefully I will get a job opportunity here, as I enjoy this field.

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