Funding for Warehouse & Logistics Training

Finding employment when you have limited qualifications and experience can be incredibly difficult. The best route to employment may require undertaking training, but finding the funds to do this can be another barrier to employment.

ESS passionately believe in the importance of providing funding in order for those out of work to access training. In today’s blog, we focus in on Adult Skills Funding and how it can help you get the necessary training needed to start a career in warehousing and logistics.


What is warehousing and logistics?

Warehousing and logistics are two terms which refer to different parts of the process of storing and moving goods for businesses.

As the name suggests, warehousing involves the storage of goods in buildings such as warehouses. Warehousing operations cover a number of processes on sites such as receiving, unloading, storing, and organising goods.

Logistics refers to the process of goods being sent out to other destinations. This could include orders being sent to customers or goods being sent to other warehouses or depots. Logistics covers the entire process of moving goods from shelves in the warehouse to transporting them to their required destination.


What kind of jobs are in logistics?

Warehousing and logistics are great professions to start a career in, especially if you currently find yourself out of work. There will always be a need for warehousing operatives to manage the distribution of goods to and from sites in a variety of sectors. With the ever-increasing demand for online shopping, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, more and more businesses are coming to rely on warehousing in order to meet their customer’s needs.

Starting out in logistics may involve getting a role such as Warehousing Operative or Order Picker. From here you may be able to progress your career to roles such as Warehousing or Logistics Manager. You could also go into more specialist fields such as supply chain management, warehouse design or delivery and transportation.


What qualifications are needed for warehouse?

While there are no specific qualifications you need to get an entry level job as a warehouse worker, there are certain qualifications which may help your chances of finding employment in this role. Having GCSEs, specifically Maths and English, or completing a relevant apprenticeship will boost your chances significantly. Use job websites such as Indeed and Reed to explore what current vacancies there are out there and see what their requirements are.

One of the best routes for those who are unemployed and want to start a career in warehousing and logistics would be our BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Warehousing and Storage Principles. This training course provides learners with all the essential knowledge required of basic warehouse work, including how to work efficiently in a team and meet health and safety requirements.

This training course requires no prior knowledge or experience, just enthusiasm and an interest in the field. The course is perfect for those out of employment, as they can utilise our Adult Skills Funding to access the course completely free of charge (depending on the learner’s age and location).

If you are already in a role and want to develop your warehousing skills further, you could also complete our NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Warehousing and Storage. Depending on your location, you could get this training fully funded as part of the European Social Funding. Contact our team on 0115 8970 529 to find out whether you are eligible for this funding.


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Adult Skills Funding

At ESS, we can provide Adult Skills Funding to fund a range of qualifications, including our Level 2 in Warehousing & Storage Principles. Adult Skills Funding helps individuals who are out of employment get the skills, training and qualifications they need to find work.

This funding can provide a vital helping-hand to those who are out of work, especially if they don’t have many qualifications to their name. Not only will accessing training allow learners to get a qualification that will help them find work, it can be vital for helping unemployed workers gain confidence and make connections.

We can provide this funding for the unemployed in any of these locations.

  • Coventry and Warwickshire
  • Derby, Derbyshire
  • Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
  • Greater Birmingham and Solihull
  • Greater Cambridge and Peterborough
  • Hertfordshire

Please note that all applicants for this funding must be 19 years or older. In addition to the Level 2 in Warehousing & Storage Principles, we provide multiple other BTEC qualifications through Adult Skills Funding including:

This funding can also be used for our Level 1 Certificate in Construction course. This training will be of particular use to those looking to start in construction as successful learners will be able to apply for the CSCS Green Labourer Card, a requirement by many companies to allow them on site. You can find out more about the card by reading our blog on the CSCS Green Card.


Other funding

We offer a range of alternative funding options to support individuals and businesses looking to upskill their workforce. These include:


European Social Fund

The European Social Fund (ESF) is funding provided by the European Union that is designed to help businesses upskill their staff through training. Through this funding, we can help businesses fund a range of NVQs in the following locations:

  • Black Country
  • Cannock Chase
  • Coventry and Warwickshire
  • Derbyshire
  • Greater Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Hertfordshire
  • Lichfield
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Tamworth & East Staffordshire


CITB Skills and Training Fund

The CITB Skills and Training Fund is designed for micro, small and medium-sized construction companies with less than 250 employees. This allows CITB-registered employers to apply for funding towards a range construction NVQs for their workers.


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ESS are proud to be an ELCAS-accredited training provider. This allows us to use ELCAS funding in order to help ex-forces personnel get the training they need to advance their careers in the construction and building sectors.

ELCAS helps former forces personnel, or organisations that employ ex-service people, fund a range of construction NVQs from Level 3 to Level 7. Find out more about how this funding and how it can support ex-services personnel by reading our blog “Approved ELCAS Courses by ESS


NCFE CACHE Qualifications

ESS also provide fully-funded NCFE CACHE Qualifications. These courses are ideal for companies who want to develop and upskill their staff but do not have the time for them to complete a full diploma or apprenticeship. There are a wide range of qualifications we have available including:


How our funding helps

We have seen so many individuals and businesses benefit hugely from the range of funding we have been able to provide them. For businesses, our funding has been key for them to upskill their staff, continue growth and help them bidding for new work. It allows workers to continue their development and progress in their career, making them feel more valued by their company and improving morale.

To explore how we have helped businesses get the training they need to develop and grow, check out case studies from some of the organisations we have worked with over the last couple of years.


Contact us

If you have any further questions about funding eligibility, training locations or the amount of funding available, our helpful training team will be happy to help. Give them a call on 0115 8970 529, or email [email protected].