Shelf fillers may work during a store's trading hours, or after hours, at night and on weekends. Those working day shifts will have a high level of contact with the public, and may be required to carry out additional duties around the store, as well as keeping shelves stocked. Shelf fillers spend long hours on their feet, with frequent heavy lifting and bending also required. Many people working in this job work part-time or on a casual basis.
On average, shelf fillers can expect to earn up to $799 per week $41,599 per year), depending on their level of experience and the organisation they work for. As a shelf filler develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.
Shelf fillers may use trolleys and small hand controlled forklifts to move stock around the store. They also use ladders and steps to safely reach high shelves. They may also have to use cleaning products to keep shelves and displays looking tidy, as well as to clean up breakages and spills. Some employers will require shelf fillers to wear a uniform, particularly if they are working during the store's trading hours.
You can work as a shelf filler without any formal qualifications and get training on the job.
Relevant vocational education and training qualifications in retail services, retail operations, and retail are offered at TAFE Colleges and other Registered Training Organisations throughout Western Australia.
You might also consider completing a traineeship. A retail traineeship takes 12 months to complete and is available as a school based traineeship.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.
If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.
If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.
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If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.