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Warehouse Apprenticeships

Introduction To Warehouse Apprenticeships
Have you ever wondered where all the foods in supermarkets are stored before they make it as far as the supermarket shelves? Or where all the clothing is stored before it makes it to the racks and shelves of your favourite fashion store? Or where goods are stored before they’re loaded onto ships, freight trains or the lorries you see on motorways?

This is all part of the supply chain that keeps a whole host of products moving not just around the United Kingdom but also internationally as goods are imported and exported. Storage and warehousing is a vital part of the supply chain industry and if being a part of this huge machine floats your boat, then Apprenticeship warehouse jobs could be perfect for you.
How Do Warehouse Apprenticeships Vary?
First up, what you need to know is, once you have done warehouse operative jobs as an Apprentice, whichever type of environment you have worked in, you will complete your Apprenticeship with exactly the same qualifications as someone who has done Warehouse Apprenticeships in a completely different place.

The beauty of Apprenticeships is you get paid to earn while you learn, you gain nationally recognised qualifications and your skills and behaviours learned in training will equip you to work in any type of warehousing and storage environment.

Where Apprenticeships will vary is the place where you are doing warehouse operative jobs and your employer. You could be working in factories with warehouses attached. You could be working in designated central distribution centres for large companies or shipping ports with storage areas. Other warehouse operative jobs could be in warehouses that store goods for mail order companies where there is no high street store and you are looking after individual orders. And the list is endless when it comes to the types of goods you could be storing.

As you can probably imagine, Warehousing and Storage Apprenticeships will see you working varied shift patterns. If a 9 to 5, monday to Saturday job is just not for you, you will love warehouse jobs. Warehouse operative duties include weekend work, evenings, night shifts, working under pressure to receive and store goods quickly and efficiently. Working under pressure to make sure goods exit the warehouse on time, ready for transportation.

Picking and packing and using appropriate machinery where necessary. You will also use your IT skills to monitor stock. No time for boredom with warehouse jobs!
What Is Involved In Warehouse Apprenticeships?
If you are reading this, you are obviously thinking about Warehouse Apprenticeships. Now is an exciting time in the world of Apprenticeships as Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standards are being rolled out across all professions and industries. This means Warehouse Apprenticeships are included in that. It means your programme has been drawn up by employers and experts in the warehousing and storage industry and they are the people who know exactly which training you need, right? So, when you are carrying out your warehouse operative duties, you know you are in good hands and learning how to do everything safely and efficiently.
Level 2 Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard - Supply Chain Warehouse Operative
Trailblazer Apprenticeships for warehouse operative jobs at Level 2 are based around three different criteria: Core Knowledge, Core Skills, Behaviours. At the end of your Apprenticeship, you will be competent in all of these areas which will include knowledge and skills such as:
  • Operating specialist warehouse equipment
  • Working within safety regulations
  • Work individually and as part of a team to keep the warehouse organised, safe and clean
  • Choosing correct equipment and packing materials for storing and moving goods
  • Knowing the goods you are working with and handling them appropriately - especially where these goods could be hazardous, fragile or need to be stored in particular way for hygiene reasons
  • Working to tight deadlines under pressure
  • Using IT equipment to record stock and processing of goods
  • Communicating with other links in the supply chain and also with customers
To be awarded Level 2 Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard for Supply Chain Warehouse Operative, you will also need to achieve Level 1 Maths and English (if you didn’t achieve this in school) and also take the test for Level 2.

This Warehouse Apprenticeship will take a minimum of 12 months to complete.
Level 3 Advanced Warehousing and Storage Apprenticeship
If you want to further your career in warehousing and storage and want to progress from warehouse operative jobs to warehouse supervisor jobs or even warehouse manager jobs, then it is possible to move on to the Advanced Apprenticeship. This Warehouse Apprenticeship will put you in positions of responsibility such as team leader or shift manager.

At the end of the Advanced Warehouse Apprenticeship, you will also have achieved Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English (ICT is not required) and you will be awarded NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Warehousing and Storage.
Future Career Development After Warehouse Apprenticeships
Depending on where you did you Apprenticeship warehouse jobs, in the future, you could further your career by applying for management roles in larger storage areas or for international customers. Some people also move into other roles within the logistics and supply chain sector.
Apply For Warehouse Apprenticeships In The UK
Warehouse Apprenticeships are ideal for those of you who are not looking for the typical 9-5 work life, who love to work as part of a team but you can also work under your own initiative and who love to roll your sleeves up and get jobs done under sometimes tight timeframes.

If the world of logistics and supply chain is a magnet for you, then what are you waiting for? Take a look to see if there are any Warehouse Apprenticeships to suit you and you could soon be on the path to an exciting career.
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