Warehousing and Storage Intermediate Apprenticeship

The Intermediate level 2 Warehousing and Storage apprenticeship will provide learners with a platform to learn and develop key skills essential for them to excel within a warehousing and storage related role.

Learning occurs in the workplace providing real-world experience pivotal to building and furthering learner’s careers. The on-the-job training will equip them with a number of skills that will be refined through practical application in the workplace. As part of the warehousing team learners will take control and assist with a range of tasks including:

  • Contributing to the maintenance of health, safety and security
  • Maintaining Hygiene standards when handling and storing goods
  • Operating specialist machinery
  • Contributing towards stock checks and ensuring stock is kept at the required levels

The course is particularly relevant for those working in logistics operations such as warehousing and storage, transport or freight forwarding.

The course is also ideal for enthusiastic personnel who have a keen interest in working in a varied role, within the warehousing and storage industry.

Course Content

The level 2 Warehousing and Storage course will provide the essential knowledge needed to progress with a career in a warehouse environment. Working alone or as part of a team, duties will include loading and unloading vehicles and selecting and packing customer order to ensure goods are ready for dispatch on time.

Core units on the Intermediate Warehousing & Storage Apprenticeship include:

  • Health, safety and security at work
  • Developing effective working relationships with colleagues in logistics operations

Optional units on the Intermediate Warehousing & Storage Apprenticeship may include:

  • Processing orders for customers in logistics operations
  • Assembling orders for dispatch in logistics operations
  • Wrapping and packing goods in logistics operations
  • Checking stock levels and stock records
  • Using equipment to move goods in logistics operations
  • Placing goods in storage in logistics operations
  • Receiving goods in logistics operations
  • Using a hoist in logistics operations
  • Sorting goods or materials for recycling or disposal
  • Supervising the receipt, storage or dispatch of goods
  • Contributing to the provisions of customer service
  • Principles of food safety

As part of the Apprenticeship framework you will also study functional skills in English and Maths.

How will I be assessed?

NVQs are assessed by portfolio of evidence, which details what learners have done at work and include observations from an assessor who watches the learners work and checks that they can do the work-related tasks.

What award will I achieve?

EAL Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Warehousing & Storage

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a keen interest in working in a warehousing business in the logistics sector. Basic literacy and numeracy skills are preferable and applicants must be willing to work shifts, work as part of a team and be good timekeepers.

What Can I Do Next?

Completion of the level 2 NVQ can lead to potentially participating in higher qualifications such as Level 3 Logistics operations. Potential job roles upon completion of the course include Warehouse Operative, Order Picker and Forklift Truck Driver.

Logistics employers have been reporting skills gaps and shortages amongst their ageing workforces. These Logistic employers need to attract more people into the industry at level 2 to train as warehousing staff. Not only can learners fill these skills gaps and shortages, but employers can look to provide a progression route to level 3 in order for learners to replace those within their workforce who leave or retire.

Requirements in the Workplace

Students are required to be employed in a suitable work placement providing warehousing and storage related tasks in a supervisory role. Skilled and knowledgeable staff in the workplace will be necessary to support the apprentice.

Warehousing and Storage Intermediate Apprenticeship
CampusColchester Institute
Start DateStarting employment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year however the start-date for attending college for training, where required, will be communicated post-employment and sign-up
Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)TBC
Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)TBC
What will this cost my Business?

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 10% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account.

Apprenticeship Funding Bands

Apprenticeship Funding Bands
Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee.
Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.


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