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How to become a Picker and Packer

The backbone of the retail, merchandising, and logistics industries

What do Pick Packers do?

Picker and Packers (also known as Pick Packers) generally work in warehouse environments for retail, logistics, wholesale or manufacturing. They pull merchandise from the shelves and packers prepare items for shipping.

If you’re organised, physically fit and interested in a career that’s face paced and will keep you active, then working as a Pick Packer could be worth investigating.

About you:

  • Reliable, punctual, efficient, and organised with great attention to detail
  • Operation of Warehouse Vehicles is highly desirable but not essential
  • Willing to work flexible work hours (shifts), in a dynamic environment
  • Physically strong and fit, with a good work ethic

The job:

  • Pick items from warehouse shelves to match picking slips
  • Pack and prepare orders for despatch
  • Load and unload deliveries
  • Ensure warehouses are kept clean, organised, stocked, and in good rotation
  • Keeps accurate records of stock movements, orders, product quality, safety issues and other administration requirements

Picker Packer salary (average) $49,000 per year

(Source: joboutlook.gov.au) or $27.16 per hour (Source: au.indeed.com)

Pickers and Packers are in demand in these locations: Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia

(source: seek.com.au)

 

How to become a Picker & Packer in Australia

 

Formal education and qualifications are not generally required to become a Picker and Packer in Australia, on the job training is usually provided. However previous experience or specialised skills are highly regarded.

Step 1 – Good Year 10 or 12 results could help you to get a job more easily

Step 2 – Work experience or part time jobs in a similar environment while you are at school will look good on your resume and job applications

Step 3 – Research the industry and narrow down an area you’d like to work in, e.g. logistics, manufacturing or retail.

Step 4 – Make sure you’re eligible to apply for the job. E.g. Minimum age, drivers license, medical check, forklift (or similar) qualification, Health & Safety certificate. Some jobs might also require you to have your own equipment or clothing e.g. steel toe-capped boots, high vis clothing, safety goggles, gloves etc.

Step 5 – Consider getting relevant qualifications that could help you advance and apply for promotions

Certificate II in Warehousing at TAFE Qld

Certificate III in Warehouse Operations at TAFE QLD

Certificate IV in Warehouse Operations at TAFE QLD

Diploma of Logistics at Victoria University

Bachelor of Business (Logistics and Supply Chain Management) at Open Universities

 

Find out more here –

https://sclaa.com.au/

http://www.ferret.com.au/c/Australian-Warehousing-Association-Inc

https://www.rwta.com.au/

https://www.austlogistics.com.au/

https://www.cilta.com.au/

 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

 

  • What do Picker Packers do? 

Wholesalers, retailers, and manufacturers store inventory (goods or products) in large, centralised distribution centres. Picker Packers work in these centres receiving new stock, updating records, storing it accurately, as well as picking out ordered items and sending out stock to customers or stores all over the country (or world).

  • Do I need qualifications to become a Picker Packer?

No qualifications are necessary. Completing Year 10 or having your Year 12 certificate could be an advantage, as could having additional qualifications that are relevant to the job or industry.

  • Where do Picker Packers work?

Pickers and Packers generally work in large warehouses or other storage and distribution centres. You could be working in a large industrial area, at a port or other transport hub, within a large store in the loading and unloading areas.




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