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Warehousing and Storage Apprenticeship Level 3 at St Helens College

Course description

Warehousing and storage is an essential part of logistics operations. You will play an important role in moving and storing different types of goods within the warehouse, in addition to picking, packing and dispatching products.

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships combine practical on-the-job training with work related qualifications for those aged 16 or above, living in England.

Apprentices will gain a good technical knowledge base of the sector as a whole and, combined with real, practical, work experience, will gain competency in the workplace and the development of transferable skills.

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Who is this Apprenticeship suitable for?

This apprenticeship is suitable for those currently employed in this sector or looking to secure employment within this sector as a Team Leader or Senior Team Leader. In addition to normal warehouse operation activities, these roles also have the responsibility for overseeing the correct selection and packing of customer orders, ensuring the team complete these tasks on time ready for despatch.

What type of work will I do and what qualifications will I gain?

Although apprenticeships will vary depending on your entry level and your employer, you will gain a range of skills from the varying tasks you complete, these could include:

  • Taking goods in, logging, receiving and checking against purchase orders
  • Stock taking and performing routine stock checks
  • Inputting details of orders to be shipped
  • Receiving goods inwards, updating stock records and maintaining stock levels
  • Keeping the warehouse clean and tidy and maintaining good housekeeping standards
  • Dealing with returns
  • Adhering to health and safety requirements
  • Picking, packing and dispatching the day's orders to meet deadlines

You will also gain the following qualifications:

  • Competence and Knowledge Qualification - Level 3 Certificate in Warehousing and Storage (Edexcel)
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Level 2 Functional Skills Maths (NCFE)
  • Level 2 Functional Skills English (NCFE)

What skills and qualities will I need for this apprenticeship?

  • Good organisation and communication skills
  • The ability to follow and give instructions
  • The ability to delegate jobs
  • An interest in warehouse operations
  • A hardworking and reliable approach
  • The ability to work independently or as part of a team

Entry requirements

This is dependent on your employer and on the level of the apprenticeship you apply for.

You will normally need at least grade C or above in your English and maths GCSEs.

If you don't have these, don't worry. You can work towards your functional skills in English and maths alongside your apprenticeship training at St Helens College.


As an apprentice, you will be assigned an assessor, who will visit you in the workplace to observe the tasks you complete. You will also complete a number of relevant work-related modules at the College. All of which will contribute to the overall success of your apprenticeship.

Financial information

How much will I earn?

With an apprenticeship you will earn while you learn. You are entitled to the National Minimum Wage. As of 1st October 2015, this is £3.30 an hour for 16 to 18 year olds. 

Future opportunities

Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship you could progress onto the next level of study or you could go onto secure a permanent job with your current employer.

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How long will this apprenticeship take to complete?

Depending on the level you enter and the employer you work for, an apprenticeship can vary in duration, from one year to four years.

The average duration of this apprenticeship is 15 months. This will be discussed and confirmed with each individual apprentice after initial advice and guidance and initial assessments are completed.

How does an employer benefit from this apprenticeship?

Logistics employers have reported many skills gaps and shortages such as literacy, numeracy and communications skills and the ageing workforce, resulting in the demand for more highly skilled individuals to enter the industry. This apprenticeship ensures that apprentices gain the skills and knowledge required to become an effective member of a highly skilled workforce, contributing to the overall development of the logistics and warehousing sector.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Helens College directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

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