SWAP Academy Spotlight - Warehousing

As a leading transport and logistics training provider, System Group have combined years of tutor expertise and industry knowledge to create a dedicated development pathway designed to convert local job seekers into qualified candidates for essential logistics roles.


In the first blog of a series highlighting our Adult Education Academies, the focus is on Warehousing. These guides will give employers everything they need to know about Sector-Based Work Academies including how funding works, how to personalise your training package and the benefits to both businesses and learners.



Increasing Demand on the Warehousing Sector


Recent growth in the sector has been fuelled by changes in demographics and consumer habits and a rise in online shopping. The retail sector dominates Warehousing in volume terms. Next-day and express delivery requirements have placed huge demands on the sector and this, in turn, has impacted the number of workers required at different times of the year as well as the intensity of work in the sector. In the past 10 years, the average number of warehouse and storage employees in the UK has increased by over 80%.


To meet this demand, in the short term – many employers are using agency workers where changing IR35 legislation has increased their hiring costs. In the long term, most employers are losing precious time sorting through irrelevant applications from job seekers for permanent roles.



Sector-Based Work Academies


The sector-based work academy programme (SWAP or SBWA) is a UK government scheme launched in 2013, which is intended to help create a skilled workforce in a business sector. The programme helps prepare those receiving unemployment benefits to apply for jobs in a different area of work. Placements are particularly effective with young people but are open to all job seekers aged 18 upwards.


Participants remain on benefits while on a SWAP placement and the government will pay any travel and childcare costs whilst benefit claimants are on the scheme. There is no direct cost to an employer for running a sector-based work academy as training and administration costs are covered by government funding.


A sector-based work academy can last up to 6 weeks and include a guaranteed job interview for one of your vacancies at the end of training. This provides participants with valuable interview experience and allows you to select the most appropriate candidate for the job.



The Warehousing Academy


System Group’s Warehousing Academy was created to help employers to reduce their spend on agency personnel whilst also reducing the amount of time spent reviewing unsuitable applications. An important feature of SWAP is that each sector-based work academy offers a flexible approach and can be adapted to meet the needs of your business. Employers can choose and combine a range of flexible packages that best provide a solution to vacancies, skills shortages and internal requirements.


Each training package is matched with a nationally recognised qualification with opportunities to progress and enhance learning in the future.


Courses available include:

> Level 2 Forklift Truck Operations

> Level 2 Logistics Support Operations

> Level 2 Principles of Customer Service

> Level 2 Principles Warehousing & Storage

> Level 1 Health & Safety

> Level 1/2 Digital Skills



How Your Business Can Benefit


Using our 4-stage process and the assistance of Government funding we can greatly reduce the costs of growing your business, by providing operatives who have specific and necessary qualifications such as a valid Forklift Truck Operator Licence.


As well as reducing the costs of recruitment, your business could benefit from offering SWAP placements for the following reasons:

  • Recruit staff with the right training and skills from the outset, developed through fully-funded pre-employment training

  • Provide work experience placements for potential employees to ensure they are suited to that type of role and your company

  • Allow developmental opportunities for existing employees, for example by working on their mentoring, supervisory, and coaching skills

  • Reduce the risks within the overall process of recruiting new employees

  • Positive publicity to show how like-minded businesses are working together to meet their social responsibilities


Sector-based work academies are a great resource for employers who need to improve the skills of their workforce to meet the future challenges of automation and skills shortages. System Group will support learners to gain new skills, improve their current level of knowledge in an occupation, or get them ready for an apprenticeship.


From the learner perspective, the academy is designed to help unemployed benefit claimants enter the labour market, stay in employment, and reduce the time spent claiming unemployment benefits. There is the opportunity to progress on to an apprenticeship or full-time employment after completing the academy.



Setting Up Your Academy


As a training provider, System Group will work with your business and utilise Government funding to create a bespoke academy programme.


Regardless of whether you interview them or hire your academy candidates, we do not charge any fees for any part of this process. We use four stages of recruitment to ensure your business gains competent, qualified, and dedicated members of staff as quickly as possible:


  • Stage 1 – Gather

We source candidates to attend your warehouse academy.

  • Stage 2 – Grade

We can screen these applicants based on location, commitment & availability to kickstart their career with you.

  • Stage 3 – Develop

We can put the candidates through a training program, where they gain a number of qualifications.

  • Stage 4 – Deliver

Once they’ve passed our program, we can supply you with competent candidates for interview who are ready to make an immediate impact




If you’d like further details about any of our Sector-Based Work Academies, our next group of available candidates or any other information, please register your details with us and we’ll be in touch.

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