Yard person

Alternative titles for this job include Yard operative

Yard people load and unload deliveries and re-order stocks at factory warehouses, building suppliers and retail distribution companies.

Average salary (a year)

£13,000 Starter


£23,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

43 to 45 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become a Yard person

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


You may be able to get into this job through an intermediate apprenticeship in warehousing and storage, or trade supplies.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, for an intermediate apprenticeship

More information

Direct application

You could apply for jobs directly. Experience of warehouse work or labouring on a construction site would be helpful. You may need forklift truck training for some jobs.

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Further information

You can find out more about yard work and trade supplies from Builders Merchant Careers.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

  • have a good level of fitness

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • loading and unloading delivery vehicles by hand or with a forklift truck
  • sorting and grading stock
  • moving supplies to storage areas
  • picking and packing orders
  • dealing with customers

Working environment

You could work in a warehouse.

Your working environment may be dusty, outdoors some of the time, physically demanding and dirty.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a yard or warehouse supervisor, or yard manager. 

You could move into delivery driving, forklift work or product sales.

Training opportunities

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Courses In England

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