Name: Will Pettengell
Qualification: Level 2 Warehousing
Will Warehousing Apprentice - The Glass Wipe Board Company Warehousing Apprenticeships Kent

Will is completing his Level 2 Warehousing IPS Apprenticeship with The Glass Wipe Board Company and will conclude in February 2018. IPS caught up with Will to see how his Apprenticeship journey is progressing.

“I previously completed a Level 2 Electrician/Installation qualification in London, but I realised I wanted to try something different and have a career change and so I took a job with The Glass Wipe Board Company, which manufacture glass wipe boards. I had only worked here a month as a workshop assistant when my manager suggested an apprenticeship in Warehousing Operations. I was very pleased to take this up as I believe it’s always beneficial to gain more qualifications and to upskill so agreed to this.”

Will works in the warehouse handling the glass wipe boards, glass and packaging products, gaining new skills through his apprenticeship and support of his assessor.

“I have been certainly enjoying the experience. I had previous Health and Safety knowledge through my electrician’s qualification, but by doing this, I have learned a lot more in-depth knowledge, like certain ways of handling from a safety aspect. My assessor also encourages Health and Safety by informing me of protecting my hands so I now use Barrier Cream daily which is cream to place a barrier between the skin and contaminants that may irritate the skin. Bev, my assessor, is supportive and if I don’t understand something, I know I can send her an email with my questions, and she comes back with a quick response rate instead of waiting until the next visit. Bev is brilliant with appointments and is very accommodating, she makes sure it’s always convenient with the company and when she visits, Bev emails myself and my manager to confirm dates in advance. Just recently, we had a reduced workforce due to holidays and sickness and I had to step in to assist, which led to us having to change Bev’s visit at short notice but she rescheduled for us with no problem.

“In the first month of my apprenticeship, Bev gave me information, advice and guidance on how to progress into a managerial role and if I wanted to learn more in warehousing to carry on with a Level 3 qualification. For now, I’m happy to stay at Level 2 but I’m willing to gain further education and explore this when complete. My goal is to progress within The Glass Wipe Board Company as I enjoy it here but I feel my next step would be going into fitting of the product and going out and meeting customers. To do this, I’m interested in upskilling myself to benefit me in my career goals and so am thinking a Customer Service qualification next?

I’m pleased I have embarked on this apprenticeship; I feel having a qualification behind you is valuable as it looks good to an employer and I think gaining life experiences advances you on your career path. My apprenticeship is helping me hugely, as it provides me with a hands-on approach and I prefer learning on the job, rather than studying with a book. I would undoubtedly recommend apprenticeships as the way forward, as they’re worthwhile. “

IPS wish Will all the best in the future and we hopefully look forward to seeing you on a Customer Service qualification soon!

If you would like to find out more about IPS’s apprenticeships in Warehousing, please call 01634 298800