Commerical Business Admin Apprentice LB Foster Rail Technologies (UK) LTD

LB Foster are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated individual to come and work as a Commercial Apprentice within our fast paced Sales & Commercial Team in the Track Infrastructure division. You will be provided with plenty of on the job training.

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Closing date: 24 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    9am - 5pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am - 4.30pm Friday

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Apprenticeship duration

    13 months

  • Possible start date

    26 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    07 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

This exciting opportunity will allow you to work closely with our Lead Account Manager as well as other key members of the Commercial team, in order to learn all aspects of the sales function. If successful, you would join a thriving and growing Global Company at an exciting period of change and expansion, meaning that an Apprenticeship could just be the start of your career with us!

As a Commercial Apprentice at L.B. Foster, you will learn all aspects of the account management function. Our Sales & Commercial team within our Track Infrastructure are the backbone of the business liaising with new and existing customers to manage the whole sales process from start to finish, ensuring that we get it right first time.

Key responsibilities that you will be involved in include (but are not limited to);

  • Quotation preparation
  • Order entry
  • Use and maintenance of the company CRM system
  • Dealing with customer enquiries regarding:
  • Deliveries Pricing Technical Quality issues
  • Payment issues. This could be either via email, telephone and possibly face-to-face, along with other staff members. Liaising with internal departments to ensure that customer needs are being met
  • Basic proactive sales training
  • General sales administration duties 
  • Scanning & filing documents electronically
  • Answering incoming calls and directing appropriately

    You will be provided with plenty of on the job training as well as on-going 1-to-1 mentoring with your line manager, our Lead Account Manager. You will learn all about our Products so that you can talk confidently to our customers when dealing with their requests. It may take some time to learn, but we will support you through this and all aspects of your training so that you feel comfortable in your role. You'll be working as part of an experienced, supportive, and knowledgeable team who will welcome you into the business with open arms.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Information Technology, Administration Skills, Communication Skills, Numeracy Skills,Team Building Skills, Literacy Skills, Problem Solving Skills and Organisational Skills.

Personal qualities

Enthusiastic Willing to learn Motivated A team player. A good communicator, Organised and Up for a challenge.

Qualifications required

Minimum of 4 GCSE or equivalent A-C grades including English and Maths.

Future prospects

Here at L.B. Foster we are passionate about our people and we are always looking for opportunities to promote from within and develop our talented employees on a career path that is suited to them. We would love for the successful candidate to complete the Apprenticeship with us and then take on a permanent role within the Commercial team.

Things to consider

You will be working from our European HQ offices in Sheffield, a short bus journey from Sheffield City Centre and Meadowhall Shopping Centre; L.B. Foster, Stamford Street, Sheffield,S9 2TX The Sheffield College is located at: Granville Road, Sheffield, S2 2RL

About the employer

L.B Foster Europe is a world class engineering solutions business. We operate from manufacturing centres of excellence in Sheffield and Nottingham in the UK and Herne in Germany and work in conjunction with our sister divisions in Pittsburgh, Vancouver and Montreal. Our in-house R&D, customer support and technical teams have a wealth of industry expertise ensuring our products and services remain at the forefront of innovation. The Track Infrastructure division based from our European HQ in Sheffield, is focused on improving the design and supply of products and services required to enhance the performance of rail networks. We are a leading supplier of railway friction management solutions and track component products to the global rail industry. As a Group Our Vision is simple; to keep our world moving through the application of inspirational engineering solutions


LB Foster Rail Technologies (UK) LTD


Stamford Street


S9 2TX

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Training provider

  • Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration Level 2 Certificate in Principles of a Business
  • Functional Skills (If required)
  • ERR Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • PLTS – Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Apprenticeship framework

Business and Administration

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Sheffield College

Other information

The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year. The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over. Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

Employer's Application Instructions

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This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 24 Oct 2017