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.
Rolls-Royce manager Jack O'Connor says his Derby College engineering course was the "start of everything" for the skills needed in his career. Jack joined the aero engine giant as a semi-skilled polisher and packer of blades. He began his Derby College Level 3 NVQ in engineering principals at the age of 23 when he was accepted by the company as an apprentice. Now aged 31, Jack is a Rolls-Royce production leader.
He is also taking a University of Warwick – Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering Business management. Jack said he left school was "a few" GCSEs and the college course and apprenticeship provided him with a second chance to kickstart his career and build his confidence.
He said: "I can honestly say that the course was brilliant and the lecturers were great.
"If you went through a difficult period they were always there to support you. You could have a laugh and a joke as well, and when you take into account the facilities, you're halfway there.
"I was really impressed. It was the start of everything for my work, really."