Stock control assistant apprenticeships - where to start
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You could start by doing a retailer or warehouse operative Level 2 apprenticeship. You'll usually need some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent.
You could work in a shop, parts department or distribution depot and move into stock control through internal promotion.
You'll usually need GCSEs in English and maths to apply directly for jobs. Experience in retail or warehouse work may give you an advantage.
It can be useful to have some IT skills or experience of using online stock management software.
Stock control assistant apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work well with others
- customer service skills
- physical skills like movement, coordination and dexterity
- active listening skills
- excellent verbal communication skills
- concentration skills
- the ability to sell products and services
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Stock control assistant apprenticeships - what you'll do
On a typical day you could:
- make sure paperwork is correctly filled out
- check stock levels and order new stock
- update stock information on computer systems
- receive deliveries
- move stock with a forklift truck
- make sure orders are despatched on time
- answer customer enquiries online, over the phone and face-to-face
- carry out spot checks and audits
You could work in a stock room or in a warehouse.
Career path and progression - Stock control assistant apprenticeships
You could become a stock supervisor or manager. In these jobs, you would lead a team, forecast stock levels and work closely with suppliers.
You could also work as a retail buyer, looking at consumer trends and selecting which products your company will sell.