- Work in a warehouse, receiving, moving, packing and shipping goods
- You'll need a good level of physical fitness as you'll be on your feet most of the time
- Move into supervision, warehouse management or logistics management
You could work for a large retailer, manufacturer, port or airport, distribution company or the armed forces.
- Taking delivery of goods and storing them
- Checking for damaged or missing items
- Moving stock by hand or with machines
- Packing and wrapping goods
- Loading goods for sending
- Keeping stock records
- Cleaning the warehouse
- With additional training you might also operate machinery like forklift trucks or automated warehousing machinery
Your shifts could include days, nights and weekends. You may need your own transport to get to work outside public transport hours. You'll normally work in a warehouse and you might need to work in quite a cold environment. You'll usually wear protective clothing like overalls.
There are no set entry requirements but GCSEs in English, maths and IT may be helpful.
You'll need a reasonable level of fitness, good practical ability, and attention to detail.
You could start by temping or doing seasonal work.
You could also get into this job through a supply chain warehouse operative intermediate apprenticeship or an intermediate apprenticeship in warehousing and storage.
With experience you could become a team leader, shift supervisor or warehouse manager. You could also move into quality control, freight planning or distribution.