Warehouse & Distribution Apprenticeship

A. F. Blackmore & Son ltd

West Midlands, UK

From £ 5 PH

About A. F. Blackmore & Son ltd

A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd is one of the largest and most forward-thinking family-owned businesses in the UK. The company began life in 1917 as a counter-service grocery store, and has grown from these humble beginnings into a company that now employs more than 7,400 people with a turnover of circa £1.3 billion. 

Food and drink have always been the lifeblood of A.F. Blakemore and the business now entails retail, wholesale, distribution and shop fitting operations amongst its divisions. 

A.F. Blakemore is the largest division of SPAR UK, owning 290 SPAR stores and serving more than 1,000 in total across England and Wales. The company is also a longstanding member of the Landmark Wholesale group and a significant supplier to the independent grocery sector across the UK.

A.F. Blakemore has always been committed to developing a loyal and dedicated workforce that is focused upon excellent customer service and behaving with integrity. The company has always strived to build partnerships with suppliers and trade partners while never underestimating the role that it plays within the communities it serves.

Underpinning everything that A.F. Blakemore does is the company’s values statement, the Blakemore Way. This highlights what A.F. Blakemore stands for and the way that the company has always done and will continue to do business.

Opportunity description

The Blakemore Logistics Warehouse & Distribution Apprenticeship Programme is geared around bringing people into the business that not only see a short-term objective of seeking a job but also see themselves as being able to contribute to the on-going success of A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd.

The apprenticeship programme is there to reward people that see Blakemore Logistics as a career opportunity, not just another job, so if you invest in this scheme, the company will, in turn, invest in you and your future and has the potential to lead into to career paying over £30,000 per year.

You will be working for a national company that still hasn’t forgotten its family roots. A.F. Blakemore will support you to become the best you can be within the organisation and reward you along the way. You will be able to work towards increasing your skills, increasing your earning potential and working in a varied and expansive company that offers no shortage of opportunities to those who wish to succeed.

During the Blakemore Logistics Apprenticeship Programme, you will hit set milestones that ensure you are given development points to work towards. These milestones will not only serve to develop your skills and role scope, but they will also serve to enhance your experience of the programme and give you a greater understanding of the varying roles within the overall business.

The key steps:

2 weeks - Full induction with on-the-job training

12 weeks - Initial role in Warehouse Assembly

3 months - Progress into loading after three-months

6 months - Providing you are still on track you can then expect a pay increase

9 months - Opportunity for fork-lift truck training

12 months – Expected to achieve full apprenticeship in Warehouse & Storage Level 2

2-years – Opportunity to attend Warehouse & Distribution Warehouse to Wheels scheme to achieve full HGV licence and/or attend a Blakemore Logistics People With Potential Day. Successful applicants will attend an ILM Level 2 programme in Leadership and Team Skills and appointed to a supervisor role.



Accurate assembly of customer orders

Loading goods onto cages and/or packing goods into crates in a safe, stable and manageable manner

Accurate input of weighted items

Accurate marking and storage of assembled orders awaiting despatch

To apply for this position follow this link: http://afblakemore.ourvacancies.co.uk/

The candidate


GCSE English Grade A*-d

GCSE Maths Grade A*-d



Consistent compliance with policy and procedure (in particular reference to Health & Safety)

Compliance with company values and relevant level of the competency framework

A positive approach to covering other roles within the department

Flexible approach to working hours



Attention to detail


Adherence to safe working procedures

Awareness of ambient, freezer and chilled functions



NVQ Level 2

Functional skills in Maths and English (if required)

Technical Certificate


This is a warehousing environment and candidates must be responsible for wearing and keeping clean Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at all times. The post holder may be required to carry out other duties as requested by management; however, these will not be unreasonable and will be appropriate to the level of post. Apprentices will work in a warehouse and a chilled environment


  • cycle to work scheme

  • life cover

  • staff discount

  • Company Pension Scheme

  • Long Service Awards

  • Employee Volunteering Opportunities

  • Savings Scheme

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