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|Van Delivery Assistant|
(thousands per year)*
18 - 25
Last Updated: March, 2017
|* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.|
Van delivery assistants help van drivers to load and unload goods from vans.
Van delivery assistants help transfer goods from site to site for a client. They assist the van driver and help to load, secure and unload goods.
Sometimes they will be involved in the assembly of goods e.g. computers or furniture. Some delivery assistants may also collect money and take orders from customers.
Some delivery assistants only travel within a local area while others travel long distances throughout the country and may spend short periods away from home.
This is a physically demanding job so you will need to be fit, with the necessary strength, agility and stamina for loading and unloading. You must be reliable, trustworthy and co-operative and should be able to follow directions.
A polite and courteous approach to the customer is necessary and you should be able to communicate well. You will need the ability to think on your feet and be polite when dealing with complaints that may arise from delivery of damaged goods. You should be mannerly when dealing with people.
Knowledge of the local area and the ability to read maps and decide upon the best route are all useful. Mechanical skills are an asset. Driving skills may be useful. You should be able to keep track of orders and keep records.
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|Address:||Osbertown Park, Sallins, Co. Kildare|
|Tel:||(045) 895 144|
|Organisation:||National Employment Rights Authority|
|Address:||Information Services, Government Buildings, O'Brien Road, Carlow|
|Tel:||(059) 917 8990 Locall: 1890 80 80 90|
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