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How do I become a Warehouse Operator?

Do you take pride in your organisational skills? As a Warehouse Operator you will load and unload trucks, process and prepare orders, assist with stocktake and operate material handling equipment. Other duties might include preparing workplace documents, ensuring the safety of transport vehicles, and operating an order picking forklift truck. If this interests you, a traineeship as a Warehouse Operator could be just what you're looking for!

What is a Warehouse Operator?

Warehouse Operators play an important role in the maintenance of stock levels and the sorting, packing and delivering of goods and orders. By preparing warehouse documents and providing a structure for the best practice of transport and logistics, Warehouse Operators make sure that goods and orders are delivered safely and on time.

Am I suited to becoming a Warehouse Operator?

Am I suited to becoming a Warehouse Operator?

Before making the decision to begin an apprenticeship or traineeship, it is important that you know what to expect. There are a few things to think about before committing to becoming a Warehouse Operator, such as:

- Organising receival and despatch operations
- Organising warehouse records operations
- Coordinating stocktakes
- Ensuring safety of transport activities
- Monitoring storage facilities
- Preparing workplace documents

How do I find a job as a Warehouse Operator?

If you are wondering how to start an apprenticeship or traineeship, the first step is to find an employer who will have an open position for you. There are many different ways to find a traineeship, starting from job search sites online to door-knocking, or via Group Training Organisations. To get started, have a look at these job search sites and look for any open positions that may be advertised.

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What can I expect to be doing as a trainee Warehouse Operator?

A Warehouse Operator traineeship will lead you to completing your Certificate III in Supply Chain Operations. This qualification includes a range of on-the-job and off-the-job training. Over the course of the traineeship, you will learn about different aspects of the job. This will help you build the necessary skills and knowledge to operate independently in the future.

Through on-the-job and off-the-job training, you will learn to:

  • Prepare workplace documents
  • Ensure safety of transport activities
  • Complete receival and despatch documentation
  • Identify goods and store to specifications
  • Organise receival and despatch operations
  • Maintain stock control and receivals
  • Coordinate stocktakes
  • Organise warehouse records operations
  • Monitor storage facilities
  • Coordinate terminal/wharf equipment operations
  • Identify and label explosives/dangerous goods
  • Use infotechnology devices in the workplace
  • Licence to operate an order picking forklift truck
  • Prepare for transport of dangerous goods
What are my career outcomes?

What are my career outcomes?

A Certificate III in Supply Chain Operations is a nationally recognised qualification with the potential to open the door to many careers. From small and medium sized enterprises to large corporations, there are so many opportunities and career pathways once you earn your qualification. As well as working as a Warehouse Operator, you may go on to pursue the following career paths:

- Logistics Operator
- Pick and Packer
- Mail Sorter
- Grain Handler