Dairy company Arla Foods has launched a bespoke warehouse management development programme aimed at warehouse operatives already working at its national distribution centre in Stourton, Leeds.
Candidates have to pass a four-round assessment to make it through to the 18-month programme.
“Like most companies, we have previously always recruited externally when looking for warehouse managers as there is a skills gap between operatives and managers,” said Louise Robinson, Arla’s HR officer at Stourton.
“We knew that there were colleagues working in the warehouse that would be able to thrive given the right conditions, and the success of the programme has proven that.”
Then programme consists of 23 units, and teaches a variety of skills in areas such as performance management, operational understanding, leadership skills, finance and health and safety.