Warehousing and Storage Services involves creating a planned space for the efficient storage and handling of goods and materials. Estimated to be worth approximately $187 billion nationally by 2021, general warehousing and cold storage continues to play a vital role in the supply chain. From storage tanks to grain silos and stacked pallets, warehouses take on many different forms depending on the operational needs of businesses.
The demand for third-party logistics continues to rise as companies try to keep up with the growing orders they have to compile, store and distribute. In a number of cases, particularly complex projects, clients are opting for complete supply chain solutions (fourth-party logistics). This is where the service provider no longer targets a particular supply chain function but instead organises and executes the entire process of sourcing and supplying clients with the goods they need.
Since its introduction, the use of track and trace technology has grown to become a standard service offering for many companies. Warehouse management systems (WMS) enable real time tracking and inventory analysis of fast moving consumer goods and enhance people and equipment performance monitoring.
Vertical integration is also quickly becoming an integral part of warehousing and cold storage. As door-to-door deliveries impact operations, some companies have taken it upon themselves to acquire the businesses that supply or receive their goods. This strategic move is to allow greater control over the sourcing, distribution and delivery of products from point of origin to the end user.
There are no licencing requirements for Warehousing; however depending on the role undertaken you may need a licence to operate machinery such as Forklift. In order to operate a forklift, participants must be at least 18 years of age and hold a national licence issued by WorkSafe. If the forklift is to be driven on a main road, the driver must also hold a valid class C licence.
Occupations / Skills in Demand
The employment trends in these sectors have significantly changed over the past year. Although there is still a high volume of workers being sought (i.e. Logistics Coordinators and Storepersons), the recruitment pressures are not as high as those levels previously experienced during the last peak of sustained economic growth. Not as many people are leaving in search of more lucrative opportunities in the resources sector.
The following occupations will be in high demand over the next four years:
Follow our links for the Warehousing and Logistics Industry Reports, Infographics or see the Where will the Transport & Logistics Industries Take You or the Supply Chain Careers Pathway Booklets for further details on these occupations and how you can begin a career in this sector.
If you have queries regarding specific occupations or if you feel an occupation in your industry in not on the State Priority Occupation List (SPOL) please contact us. Training Councils are the first point of contact for feedback regarding this list.
Warehousing and Logistics Industry Profile
The LDSC provides strategic advice to industry, government and other key stakeholders on workforce development issues such as occupational priorities or shortages per industry area, training or upskilling requirements and other industry intelligence of factors influencing skilling needs within Western Australia. To access these, please click on the links below:
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Warehousing and Logistics Training Package
Australian Industry Standards (AIS) is the Skills Service Organisations (SSO) with responsibility for the Transport and Logistics Training Package, which also covers Warehousing. In addition, you can also follow the links on their website to find more information regarding their Transport and Logistics Industry Outlook and Transport and Logistics Industry Forecasts released annually or to find out how you can be involved in the Transport and Logistics Industry Reference Committee (IRC).
To ensure feedback from WA stakeholders has been included, the LDSC regularly provides advice and recommendations to the AIS on the development of Training Package materials as well as the development of the Industry Outlooks and Forecasts. Please contact the LDSC if you would like to provide feedback or be involved in these consultations.
How Can I Begin a Career in Warehousing and Logistics?
Visit the Warehousing and Logistics Industry Profile section for more information on the careers and skills in demand within this sector. You can also download our Where will the Transport & Logistics Industries Take You or the Supply Chain Careers Pathway Booklets which details Case Studies and career pathway information for how you can enter this industry.