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Supply Chain Warehouse Operator – Level 2

Warehouse Operatives work in a variety of warehouse environments.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Engineering
Location: Ilkeston
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 2
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y

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Course Information for Students

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.

All Warehouse Operatives will have a good understanding of:

1. Safe driving and/or operating techniques, to standard and as trained, relating to MHE (e.g. Counterbalance/Reach Trucks, Powered Pallet Trucks, Ride on Pallet Trucks, Order Pickers, Narrow Aisle Pickers, Mobile Elevated Work Platforms, Forklift Trucks) as relevant to their role and setting, plus adherence to safe practice when working at heights.

2. Steps to take to minimise the effect their work (and the wider industry) has on the environment; the need to maintain a high level of housekeeping and manage waste effectively; using packing materials efficiently to reduce waste and costs; and the consequences of not using or disposing of these correctly.

3. Safe use of equipment and machinery (such as MHE, vehicle and delivery systems); where to find instructions/guidance; and consequences of incorrect use.

4. Use of warehouse systems and processes relating to packaging, moving and receiving stock (eg Load Container Lists) within a warehouse environment to facilitate the safe handling of goods and an effective and efficient service to internal/external customers.

5. Basic IT applications and other relevant technology and systems, including warehousing management, data capture, radio and barcoding systems to ensure the safe and efficient processing of goods.

6. Relevant regulation and legislation (including international regulations where relevant to role) governing the supply chain industry, their sub-sector and role in particular; and the consequences of not adhering to legal guidelines.

7. Effective communication with customers that store goods with the company/colleagues (including those working remotely, third party carriers, agencies and other organisations) in line with the situation and organisational style/culture.

8. Structure of the industry; methods and modes of transport; and roles available within the sector in general and in relation to their own career aspirations.

9. The importance of delivering excellent customer service to customers and colleagues, including identifying needs and responding appropriately in line with the situation and organisational style/culture.

10. Vision, objectives and brand of the organisation; the importance of organisation reputation and what can affect it; and how their own performance can contribute to organisational success and support or impact on others.

11. Proposed and actual changes to systems, processes and technology used in the industry, particularly relating to their own role; and how to keep up to date with any changes in the systems, processes and technology that affect their role.

12. How their role can affect their health and the need to maintain a level of fitness appropriate to the needs of their role.

Core skills – all Warehouse Operatives will be able to:

1. Operate and handle equipment safely and efficiently as required for their role, such as Forklift Trucks, High Reach Trucks, Powered Pallet Trucks or Man Up Trucks; manoeuvre vehicles in restricted spaces; and safely use and position vehicle fitted equipment such as mirror requirements.

2. Comply with appropriate rules, regulations and processes for safely and efficiently moving, handling, packing and unpacking different items, both manually and using relevant equipment (such as MHE, vehicle and delivery systems) and understand the consequences of incorrect use.

3. Work individually and as part of a team to safely move and handle objects; maintain a high level of housekeeping and manage waste effectively; know where to find instructions or guidance; check for damaged or missing items as appropriate; and take responsibility for maintaining health, safety and security of people at all times.

4. Safely and efficiently load and unload items into and from vehicles, buildings, containers, lift vans, crates and/or boxes; use appropriate MHE or machinery where necessary; and ensure items are safely and efficiently packed, assembled and/or disassembled as appropriate.

5. Select, prepare and use packaging materials appropriate to the job efficiently and in a way which reduces waste, costs and environmental impact, taking into consideration the item(s) to be moved, and their current and final destinations.

6. Use correct equipment and procedures to record receiving or stowing goods and produce relevant paperwork or labelling processes.

7. promote the values of the organisation and communicate effectively with customers and colleagues to identify and meet their needs.

8. Work effectively in a warehousing team, including when under pressure, to agreed deadlines and adapt to change in line with internal and external customer needs or circumstances.

9. Use IT applications and other relevant technology and systems, including warehousing management, data capture, radio and barcoding systems, to ensure the safe and efficient processing of goods.

The apprenticeship will be delivered in the workplace and on-site. 

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.

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.

You can advance your career to more senior roles in warehousing and supply chain management.

For more information contact Derby College on 0800 0280289 or

Course Information for Employers

You may already have someone in your organisation or someone has come to you direct asking for an apprenticeship, but if you don’t we have a free recruitment service to help you hire the best candidate for your organisation from our talent pool and external advertising through social media and the national apprenticeship services website

If you are an employer and you would like to know more, please email or call 01332 387421

Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Fork-lift Truck Drivers


Fork-lift Truck Drivers

Managers and Directors in Storage and Warehousing


Managers and Directors in Storage and Warehousing

Stock Control Clerks and Assistants


Stock Control Clerks and Assistants

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Course Information Last Updated On: November 4, 2021 11:04 am