Warehouse Operatives work in a variety of warehouse environments. Work activities include taking deliveries, checking for damaged/missing items, storing goods, moving stock by various methods, picking/packing orders, loading goods for dispatch, maintaining stock records and documentation, and cleaning.
They are required to safely use a range of equipment, machinery and vehicles relevant to their role and setting. This could include mechanical racking systems, materials handling equipment (MHE) or fork lift trucks.
Apprentices without Level 1 English and Maths will need to achieve this level and take the test for Level 2 English and Maths prior to taking the end-point assessment.
Apprentices will be required to demonstrate continuous and sustained progress towards the end-point assessment, by completing work as set out by their employe and demonstrating the knowledge and skills required in the relevant role.
They will also complete Level 1 or Level 2 English and Maths if required, and may achieve nationally-recognised vendor or other qualifications - if the employer chooses - such as Fork Lift Truck qualifications.
The on-programme aspect of the apprenticeship is expected to take a minimum of 12 months to complete, and should include specific milestones to ensure that the apprentice continues to make good progress towards their end-point assessment. Milestone meetings could take the form of an interview or professional conversation to help develop the apprentice’s communication and employability skills. Apprentices may also wish to compile a portfolio of evidence to help them keep a record of their progress.
Apprentices will be expected to comply with their company's standard Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) dress code. Any shortfalls in safety equipment will be addressed during the first week of the course.
You can advance your career to more senior roles in warehousing and supply chain management.
Student welder Rosie Dales is forging ahead in the male-dominated world of fabrication thanks to Derby College. Rosie, 24, is set to take a Level 3 NVQ in Fabrication and Welding. She is also adding skills to a previous Level 2 qualification which she did not gain through an earlier provider. Rosie, who was born deaf and is a skilled lipreader, uses a hearing aid to boost what sound she can hear. She praised the teaching focus of her Derby College tutor and said her fellow students were "deaf aware", which was helpful. After working unpaid for two weeks, Rosie landed an apprenticeship with her grandfather's firm, Dales Fabrications, in Ilkeston. She found that she loved the work and the company is now funding her college training.
Rosie said: "I'm really enjoying the college work. The tutor is focussed on the students and I'm making good progress.
"I think it's going well. I'm taking small steps at a time. After I qualify I might go on to a higher qualification and see where that takes me. We'll see."