Posted: Wednesday, 5 June 2019 @ 13:33
rent rises and the advent of online shopping and the ‘want it now society’, there
is increasing pressure for warehouses to speed up distribution. The race to
achieve the most efficient warehouse is on.
Although there is much to be said for high-tech AI technology,
having dedicated warehouse employees can make a huge difference. Key to any
warehouse is people; labour related costs in a typical warehouse can be 50% of
the total costs. And with the government funding 95% of the cost of an
Apprenticeship for non-Levy organisations and larger organisations already
contributing to the levy, upskilling your people comes without the hefty price
tag of a new piece of machinery.
Thoroughly inducting new employees into your warehouse is an
effective way to make them feel valued from the start. Setting clear manageable
goals drives employees forward and builds their confidence in their ability to
do the job. Aligning your staff training to an Apprenticeship Standard is one
way to formalise this.
The Supply Chain Warehouse Operative Apprenticeship programme
is specifically designed by employers for individuals working in a warehousing
roles. Working towards this Standard sets out the expectations the business has
for new hires from the start and monthly Assessor visits give Learners the
chance to reflect on their training, identify gaps in their knowledge and
request support where they need it.
Induction activities such as shadowing and practical training
all count towards the Apprenticeship. Time spent off-the-job learning about
best practice and health and safety contribute to a safer, more efficient,
‘Success in any business starts with trust. Sustained
high level performance from your employees is a direct result of winning their
trust as a leader. It's no different than a sports team that gives it their all
night in and night out to be the best because they trust and believe in their
Derick Pope – Distribution, Logistics, Supply Chain
Training programmes not only benefit new staff but existing
employees as they pursue career development. Moving from a position as ‘one of
the team’ to being ‘the boss’ can be a daunting prospect.
The Team Leader/ Supervisor Apprenticeship Standard supports developing
warehouse managers as they move into a new role.
Whilst undertaking a Team Leader/Supervisor Apprenticeship Standard, Learners will receive free CMI (Chartered Management Institute)
membership for the duration of their qualification; accessing a huge range of
online resources and their virtual library. Learners will be set assignments
that force them to think about the runnings of the warehouse and wider people
With motivated staff constantly on the lookout for how their
environment can be improved, warehouse efficiencies can be achieved.