Employers in the industry need to attract new talent to replace those who leave or retire, especially women and those from underrepresented groups and encourage existing staff to gain Level 2 qualifications. Apprentices work as Warehouse pickers/packers, loaders and with appropriate training, fork lift truck operators. Advanced Apprentices take on more responsibility including junior team leader roles. This framework will provide opportunities to move into Level 3 jobs and training in Warehousing and into the wider logistics sector.
This Intermediate Apprenticeship/Advanced Apprenticeship builds on the success of the previous Apprenticeship, helping to meet the skills needs of employers and, at the same time contributes to meeting the skills priorities for England by:
- Providing flexible access to a high quality skills programme, as a real alternative to academic qualifications, for those who prefer this style of learning and achievement.
- Incorporating Functional skills in Maths and English, helping to improve the general literacy and numeracy basic skills in England.
- Using technical and competence qualifications, valued by Logistics employers, to help their businesses grow.
- Developing Apprentice’s Personal Learning and Thinking Skills, to build their confidence and creativity, improving their social and working lives.
- Developing Apprentice’s employability skills, making them more attractive to all employers whichever career they choose.
- Providing a career pathway into jobs and training at technician level and higher, to provide the skills which the economy needs to grow.
Whilst the use of handheld technology devices (e.g. scanners) is quite widespread within the industry, ICT has not been included in this framework as employers do not feel it is relevant to the job role of those working in a warehouse environment.
For Apprentices from 16 – 18, the Apprenticeship must last at least 12 months and for Apprentices 19 and over, the Apprenticeship must be at least 12 months, unless relevant prior learning is recorded. Where this is the case, Apprenticeships will not be less than six months and must include new skills and new learning.