Overview

If you enjoy co-ordinating and overseeing a job to its completion, then a career in the logistics, distribution and warehousing industry is for you.

You’ll be involved in organising the storage and distribution of goods to ensure the right products are delivered to the right location and on time – which may be within the UK, Europe or worldwide. You may be involved in organising the transportation of goods by air, sea, rail or road (including the selection of transport companies); stock control; and the processing, packaging and tracking of orders.

Understanding IT systems and the whole supply chain will be important in helping you to coordinate the receipt, storage and movement of goods effectively. You’ll work with a variety of customers and suppliers, so will need good communication skills and a passion for meeting their expectations by delivering excellent customer service. You’ll need to be flexible as the role will often require you to work shifts including nights, evenings and weekends.

What training will I receive?

You’ll receive real-life training from experienced staff within your workplace, and be visited regularly by a specialist NLTG Tutor. Your Tutor will support and guide you throughout your Apprenticeship, making sure you develop the skills needed for your job role. As part of your Apprenticeship, you will need to complete a Maths and/or English qualification at Level 1 (ie Grade D/3) if you do not already have these qualifications. Depending on your Apprenticeship, you may also need to study an ICT qualification. Your NLTG Tutor will provide you with support and guidance.

Additional Benefits

• All vacancies are jobs from day one
• Your training will lead to a nationally recognised qualification
• You will receive an attractive wage/salary during training
• We have a dedicated team to support you with your English and maths skills
• We operate an equality and diversity policy
• All employers are appraised for health and safety
• We will visit you regularly during your training
• Your training will be full and varied

Case Study

Beverley Clay at Darwen Diesels

Beverley says: “Our products are specialised and come from more than 30 different suppliers around the world so I need to keep on top of things. Usually, I get in touch with them via email or on the phone, but in the 18 months since I started the purchasing job, I’ve travelled to Europe, Australia and Singapore. I get a real satisfaction when the products finally arrive in out warehouse – it can take months sometimes.”
Having worked at the company in Blackburn, Lancs, for seven years, Beverley, has worked her way up through the ranks of the logistics side of the business.
“I started out in stores and then moved into export. There I had to master how to get things shipped overseas – I got to know all the shipping and customs rules around the world.”
During that time, Beverley has done a City & Guilds Level 2 and Level 3 in Logistics and got a Medal of Excellence last year.