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Job of the Week - Warehousing Operative Apprentice

Author: Calum Brown /15 May 2017/Categories: Apprenticeships

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Job of the Week - Warehousing Operative Apprentice
The Blakemore Logistics Warehouse & Distribution Apprenticeship Programme is geared around bringing people into the business that not only see a short term objective of seeking a job but also see themselves as being able to contribute to the on-going success of A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd.

The apprenticeship programme is there to reward people that see Blakemore Logistics as a career opportunity, not just another job, so if you invest in this scheme, the company will, in turn, invest in you and your future and has the potential to lead into to career paying over £30,000 per year.

You will be working for a national company that still hasn’t forgotten its family roots. A.F. Blakemore will support you to become the best you can be within the organisation and reward you along the way. You will be able to work towards increasing your skills, increasing your earning potential and working in a varied and expansive company that offers no shortage of opportunities to those who wish to succeed.

During the Blakemore Logistics Apprenticeship Programme, you will hit set milestones that ensure you are given development points to work towards. These milestones will not only serve to develop your skills and role scope, but they will also serve to enhance your experience of the programme and give you a greater understanding of the varying roles within the overall business.

 The key steps:

2 weeks - Full induction with on-the-job training
12 weeks - Initial role in Warehouse Assembly
3 months - Progress into loading after three months
6 months - Providing you are still on track you can then expect a pay increase
9 months -  Opportunity for forklift truck training
12 months – Expected to achieve full apprenticeship in Warehouse & Storage Level 2
2-years – Opportunity to attend Warehouse & Distribution Warehouse to Wheels scheme to achieve full HGV licence and/or attend a Blakemore Logistics People With Potential Day. Successful applicants will attend an ILM Level 2 programme in Leadership and Team Skills and appointed to a supervisor role.

JOB TITLE: Warehouse Operative Apprentice


WAGE: £131.25 per week

LOCATION: Willenhall

TRAINING PROVIDER: Performance Through People (PTP)

A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd is one of the largest and most forward-thinking family-owned businesses in the UK.  The company began life in 1917 as a counter-service grocery store, in Wolverhampton, and has grown from these humble beginnings into a company that now employs more than 7,800 people with a turnover of £1.35 billion. 

Today A.F. Blakemore is the largest member of SPAR UK, owning 300 SPAR stores whilst servicing more than 1,000 in total across England and Wales through its Blakemore Logistics operation.

A.F. Blakemore is dedicated to developing a loyal and dedicated workforce that is focused on excellent customer service and behaving with integrity, with a long-standing commitment to the local communities where they operate.


Accurate assembly of customer orders
Loading goods onto cages and/or packing goods into crates in a safe, stable and manageable manner
Accurate input of weighted items
Accurate marking and storage of assembled orders awaiting despatch


GCSE English Grade A*-C
GCSE Maths Grade A*-C


Consistent compliance with policy and procedure (in particular reference to Health & Safety)
Compliance with company values and relevant level of the competency framework
Positive approach to covering other roles within the department
Flexible approach to working hours


Attention to detail
Adherence to safe working procedures
Awareness of ambient, freezer and chilled functions


NVQ Level 2
Functional skills in Maths and English (if required)
Technical Certificate

This is a warehousing environment and candidates must be responsible for wearing and keeping clean Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at all times. The post holder may be required to carry out other duties as requested by management; however, these will not be unreasonable and will be appropriate to the level of the post. Apprentices will work in a warehouse and a chilled environment.

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