This Apprenticeship deals with the movement and storage of goods, and is an essential part of logistics operations.
However, there’s more to this job than just lifting and moving things around (although it does involve a fair bit of that, so you’ll need to be fit and learn how to lift things properly).
As a Warehousing and Storage apprentice, you might learn skills in operating specialist machinery to get things onto – and down from – high storage spaces; learn about keeping some goods at low temperatures; and improve your spatial awareness, so that you can quickly and efficiently load objects of different shapes and sizes.
Your duties will depend on your employer, but you could manage stock; audit inventory; keep equipment in good working order; process returned goods; or manage the receipt, storage and dispatch of goods. You might even learn how to maintain the safety of hazardous goods and materials.
Good teamwork is important when you’re working to a tight schedule, such as loading or unloading a lorry that can only wait for a little while before it needs to go on to the next job. You’ll also learn how to maintain health and safety, and work towards a certificate in Logistics and Transport.Job prospects
- Warehouse operative
- Forklift driver
The level 1 and 2 NVQ in Warehousing and Storage are for learners working in the Warehousing and Storage industry. From age 14 and upwards the level 1 qualification is also available to those who do not currently work in the industry but would like to gain some of the skills needed.
The skills that these qualifications cover are:
Delivery and assessment:
- Level 1:
- Health and safety, working relationships and manual handling
- Ensuring equipment and stock levels are maintained
- Pick, wrap and pack goods for dispatch.
- Level 2:
- Health and safety, working relationships and providing information to customers
- Receiving, moving, storing and maintaining quality goods and using equipment
- Process, assemble, dispatch and deal with returned goods
- Manage the processes and audit stock levels.
Learners are assessed whilst in the work place performing real work activities.