Yard people load and unload deliveries and re-order stocks at factory warehouses, building suppliers and retail distribution companies.
Salary range: £13,000 to £23,000
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.
You’ll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
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.
You can find out more about yard work and trade supplies from Building Materials Careers.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- 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
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and requirements
You’ll need to:
- have a good level of fitness
- have forklift truck driver training for some jobs
What you’ll do
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
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.