How to become a Yard Person

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What does a Yard Person do?

A yard person, or yard operative, is responsible for manual work within a warehouse, haulage or storage yard.

Duties vary, depending on the exact nature of the company, they may include:

  • moving and repairing stock
  • loading and unloading vehicles
  • cleaning and sorting stock
  • picking and packing deliveries
  • moving machinery when appropriate
  • dealing with drivers and the public.
If promoted to yard supervisor or yard manager, additional tasks might be:
  • organising workload within the yard or warehouse
  • maintaining service levels
  • serving customers or dealing with clients
  • ensuring tidiness is maintained and orders are prepared
  • making sure company procedures are adhered to.

What's the working environment like working as a Yard Person?

Yard operatives often work at least 40 hours a week. This might include shifts and some weekend working. Part-time work might be available.

Work could be outdoors in all weathers or in a warehouse. It is often noisy and dirty and involves heavy lifting. Overalls or a uniform may be provided by the employer.

What does it take to become a Yard Person?

To be a yard person you should:

  • be physically fit
  • have the ability to think logically
  • be able to work using initiative and as part of a team
  • have good communication skills
  • be aware of health and safety issues.

Yard Person Career Opportunities

Yard operatives are employed across the country and positions are advertised in local press or at Jobcentre Plus. Candidates could also contact local companies speculatively.

Progression is often to yard supervisor or to other areas of distribution and warehouse work, for example warehouse worker or forklift truck operator (see these profiles for more information).

Further information

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Skills for Logistics
14 Warren Yard
Warren Farm Office Village
Milton Keynes
MK12 5NW
Tel: 01908 313360

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