Geelong is at the hub of a road, rail, air and sea transport web. With the buying, selling and delivery of so many products via online, our transport, postal and warehousing industry has gone ballistic. We employ 5,416 people in the region, expect a 20.5% growth in jobs in the next five years, and have big projects planned to shore up and extend Geelong’s road, rail, sea and air transport services. Today, for example, 80% more people work in Geelong’s passenger rail system than did in 2006!
What does a warehousing worker do?
In the supply chain, warehousing is the system of organisation, people, technology, information and resources that store and deliver goods. In Geelong Warehousing is one of the fastest growing industry sectors with a wide range of job opportunities from entry level to management, systems development and delivery driving.
Where can I get trained?
At school by
- Doing year nine work experience with an employer in careers that move
At TAFE or other registered training organisation by
- Completing a diploma of forklift driving. There are 659 forklift drivers in the Geelong region, an increase of 17% in five years.
- Completing a full time Certificate II , III or IV diploma course in : import/export officer, stock inventory controller, inventory analyst, distriburion analyst, inventory or warehouse manager.
- You can take a three year undergraduate degree at university in Warehouse Distribution Manager, or National Distribution Manager.
On the job
- Look for a school based apprenticeship or full time apprenticeship with G Force, an individual employer or another apprenticeship provider.
Where can I get experience?
Look for year 10 work experience opportunities on the GRVEC site, or ask your careers teacher or VET or VCAL coordinator. You can also ask a careers that move employer for a voluntary work opportunity. Keep an eye on Volunteering Geelong website for industry related voluntary opportunities.
Keep an eye on the Volunteering Geelong website.
What do I need to be good at?
- IT (if you are working in careers that move systems)
- Working in a team
- Problem solving
- Attention to detail
- Creative responses to challenges
- Following directions
- Work related literacy and numeracy
- Working with a wide range of service providers
How much do I get paid?
A member of the warehouse supply chain workforce makes between $950 per $1500 per week
What can this job lead to?
Qualified warehouse workers can progress, through study and experience into other transport and distribution areas like rail, sea, and air as managers, road managers, IT professionals, supply chain consultants, export and distribution professionals.