Business Administration Apprentice - TS Sandwell Council

As a Business Administration Apprentice at Sandwell Community School, you will be part of a busy team, undertaking a variety of administration based duties.

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Closing date: 29 Sep 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    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).

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    52 weeks

  • Possible start date

    12 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    27 Jul 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

As a member of the school admin team, your main jobs and duties will consist of:

  • Word processing / data entry
  • Use of Microsoft Excel for creating and updating spreadsheets
  • Finance duties such as telephoning suppliers and processing orders
  • Filing and photocopying
  • Dealing with incoming/outgoing post
  • Answer the telephone and take messages as well as dealing with queries from parents and visitors to the school
  • Undertake relevant and appropriate training related to the role as part of your personal development
  • To undertake tasks keeping data protection and safeguarding in mind at all times
  • Attend meetings
  • Provide reception support
  • Flexible to provide admin support to various team members
  • To carry out any other duties relevant to the post

‘SCS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.  The post holder will be expected to contribute to safeguarding in accordance with the agreed policy’.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Keyboard skills
  • Good IT skills and able to use various Microsoft packages
  • Good customer service skills
  • Apply attention to detail
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times
  • Have a good understanding of data protection and Safeguarding
  • Ability to work when the school is also closed to students
  • A willingness to work flexibly to meet the requirement of the post
  • Conduct self in a professional and mature way

Personal qualities

  • Ability to communicate effectively and precisely
  • Flexible attitude to move around the various teams
  • Good organisational skills with the ability to prioritise own workload
  • Willingness to learn
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Reliable

Qualifications required

A minimum of a Grade C in GCSE Maths and English or the Functional Skills Level 2 or equivalent.

Future prospects

The successful candidate will be expected to undertake and achieve NVQ level 2 in Business Administration. This apprenticeship offers you the opportunity to develop your skills and experience and begin to build a career.

Things to consider

You will need to have a mature and professional approach and have a due regard for Safeguarding and Child Protection, therefore you will be required to undertake an Enhanced DBS check, prior to commencing in the post. Please be aware that you will come into contact with sensitive information, of which data security must be maintained. This position will ideally suit someone who is interested in working from an office location in a busy administrative environment. You will need to be very confident in talking to people at all levels, as well as being flexible to support the needs of the post. You must be willing to shadow senior post holders and attend any relevant training. Annual Leave must be taken when the school is closed, during term time holidays.

About the employer

Sandwell Community School is Sandwell’s dedicated provision for pupils living within the borough who are either at risk of permanent exclusion or who have been permanently excluded from their secondary school. Our school has five specialist campuses across the borough and also a pupil engagement team to assist in reaching our most vulnerable pupils. In partnership with schools, parents, carers and the wider community, Sandwell Community School is committed to providing an appropriate, individualised education for students at Key Stage 3 and 4. We aim to create learning environments that are innovative and impact on our pupils lives. We strive to do this by offering a curriculum suitable to pupil needs. We want to inspire every young person to acquire the knowledge, skills and experience necessary for their adult lives, both inside and outside the traditional classroom environment. Developing their self-esteem, confidence and resiliency are also high on our agenda. Academic programmes, vocational learning opportunities and enrichment activities are central to our curriculum offer. We want to see our young people grow into caring, responsible and active members of their local community and wider society.


Sandwell Council


Alexandra Road



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Training provider

  • The successful candidate will be expected to undertake and achieve NVQ level 2 in Business Administration.

Apprenticeship framework

Business and Administration

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Sandwell College


Rich Nettleton 01215692099

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Closing date: 29 Sep 2017