How to become an order picker
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
Depending on where you work, you could do a:
- warehouse operative intermediate apprenticeship
- express delivery sortation hub operative intermediate apprenticeship
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
You can apply directly for order picking jobs. Some employers may ask for GCSEs in maths and English, or you might have to do a short test at interview to check your practical skills.
Computer skills will also be useful for using online sales systems and stock control scanners.
You may find it useful for some jobs if you've done forklift truck training.
Order picker jobs can often be temporary or part-time and sometimes available through an agency.
You can find out more about warehouse work from the United Kingdom Warehousing Association.