We have an exciting opportunity for a warehouse operative apprentice who will help look after goods in our warehouse. They will receive, store and send out the goods, making sure that there are no missing or damaged items. Supporting the warehouse manager at David Bailey Furniture.

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Closing date: 04 Jun 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Free onsite parking Early Friday finish

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday – Thursday 08:00 – 17:00 Friday 06:00 – 14:00.

    Total hours per week: 41.5

    (the hours are based on the candidate being over 18)

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Jun 2023

  • Date posted

    02 May 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Your duties will include:

  • Receive deliveries of goods and supplies
  • Check for damaged or missing items
  • Store goods
  • Move stock around by hand, using lifting gear or a forklift truck.
  • Pack orders
  • Load, and sometimes deliver, goods
  • Keep records of stock
  • Keep paperwork up to date
  • Help to organise pallets – check the size and weight etc of the delivery against the cost allocated and pass to the warehouse manager to raise the pallet order
  • Wrapping and cleaning of all cabinet types, worktops from the joinery department, items to be sent via courier
  • Tall and wall units to have cardboard strips on each edge, all cut to length and sellotaped together using a tape gun
  • Base units have cardboard to the front edges only, unless it has a laminated side and these would also have card on each edge
  • All worktop edges are protected by cardboard strips, all cut to length.  Plastic corner protectors are then placed on both the top and bottom on each corner
  • All items are wrapped with industrial purpose cling film using the cling film dispensers
  • Assisting the warehouse manager and/or driver to load vehicles with cabinets, worktops and any other items, under supervision
  • Purchasing – help monitor stocks of required materials and purchase items such as cling film, packing items and liase as necessary with warehouse manager & suppliers
  • Goods Inwards – support the warehouse manager with checking of all deliveries against the delivery notes and move to the correct area.  If there are any discrepancies over or under on deliveries, resolve this by contacting the supplier.  If only one item is delivered, this more than likely to be for a special order, but in all cases, locate who the delivery is for
  • Assist with organisation of loading - check the routes geographically to include deliveries in particular areas if possible to save on cost
  • Liaise with the warehouse operative with regard to delivery date 
  • Load the lorries and tie off, making sure the lorry load is safe and correct
  • The material to be bonded is listed by the factory foreman or machinist requiring panels
  • Sheets of laminate are located and identified prior to beginning bonding
  • Assisting with Toprail warehouse duties, measuring and weighing packages, mark on the sales order and pass onto the supervisor
  • All Toprail products are wrapped in cardboard
  • Burner maintenance within the warehouse
  • Plus any other duties required

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

The Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard for Warehouse Operatives provides the foundation knowledge, skills and experience for the role of qualified Warehouse Operative. Apprentices will learn warehouse practices including taking deliveries, checking for damaged/missing items, storing goods, moving stock by various methods, picking/packing orders, loading goods for dispatch, maintaining stock records and documentation and housekeeping.

The delivery of this apprenticeship standard will be delivered over a combination of virtual and face to face visits that equate to monthly contact with a dedicated trainer to develop the apprentice’s skills to prepare for End Point Assessment. Throughout the process, apprentices will undergo regular testing of underpinning knowledge through assessment and observations which will also require employer involvement at review stages and at the end of this qualification when reaching EPA.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, the opportunity to be offered a permanent position.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Team working, Punctual, Reliable, Enthusiastic, Motivated, Interpersonal Skills


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade 4/C and above) Essential
Other Forklift certification (Grade pass) Desired

Things to consider

Enrolment onto your apprenticeship programme is subject to prior attainment checks, and your Personal Learning Record will be reviewed upon successful appointment. We are also obligated to follow the guidelines around eligibility, set out by the government apprenticeship funding rules.

About the employer

Established in 1982, David Bailey Furniture Systems is one of the UK’s leading specialist fitted furniture manufacturers. Our skilled and dedicated staff based in Broadstairs, Kent, are supported by an experienced team of fitters, strategically placed throughout the UK to ensure a seamless, high quality service from start to finish. Exceptional craftsmanship, flexibility and reliability mean that we secure a large proportion of hospital furniture, school furniture and veterinary furniture contracts via recommendation. We pride ourselves in delivering quality furniture to three key sectors – Healthcare, Education and Veterinary.







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Training provider



Mandy Rai



Apprenticeship standard

Supply chain warehouse operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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