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Customer Service and Administrative Assistant Westcountry Fabrication Ltd

Are you self-motivated, organised and efficient? Are you creative and keen to develop your skills in social media and marketing? Are you reliable, personable and confident in communication in both written and verbal forms? If so we have a fantastic opportunity for you to join our team.

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Closing date: 29 Sep 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £149.60 - £170.00

  • Working week

    Monday - 7.30-3.30, Tuesday - Thursday - 8.30-4.30, Friday - 8.30-1.00 (30 minute unpaid break each day and one 15 minute paid break)

    Total hours per week: 34.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    06 Oct 2021

  • Date posted

    16 Apr 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

We are undergoing a period of significant growth and require administrative support to ensure that our high quality customer service level is maintained. This role will be diverse and you will need to adapt to the demands of the business.

  • You will be responsible for answering the office telephone to customer enquiries, recording data (using excel/dropbox/ ASANA), responding to e-mails, issuing invoices and quotes, supporting the Director with operational duties and updating and maintaining job files
  • You will also be encouraged to observe staff and interview customers to develop blog's and social media posts to assist in implementing our marketing strategy

Customer service:

  • You will be the first point of contact for new customers, you will learn how to deal with basic enquiries independently (for example by using our website to quote for steel orders and to take payments and issue invoices) and for the more complicated enquiries you will log relevant information to pass on to another member of staff


  • Data is key to our business and accurate records are essential
  • You will support the administration staff in updating job files on Dropbox and ASANA to help us to manage our projects

Marketing and social media:

  • We have a unique (to the trade) e-commerce website but it lacks the personal touch.
  • We have started to add blogs to the website to showcase our work
  • You will gather information from staff and customers to continue to write and publish blogs to our website
  • We would also like you to create content for our Facebook, Instagram and Linked In pages
  • We are currently working at capacity and so do not need to encourage more business at present but this will be an opportunity to showcase our skills and portfolio of work


  • You will assist with providing relevant compliance documentation to customers and auditors
  • For example you may be asked to produce a Risk Assessment or Method Statement, or COSSH details
  • You will be encouraged to develop your knowledge of Health and Safety and GDPR legislation

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Experience in Excel Spreadsheets
  • Experience in Microsoft Word
  • Either experience with wordpress and social media and marketing OR the willingness to independently develop these skills
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organisations skills with good attention to detail

Personal qualities

  • Personable and resilient
  • You must be able to work with a wide range of customers and staff
  • Self-motivated
  • Ambitious, with a drive to succeed in all tasks

Desired qualifications

GCSE maths and English Grade 4 or equivalent. Alternative skills based certificates in Excel, IT and English will be considered.

Future prospects

The best candidates will bring initiative and motivation to continue to develop and grow our business. If the business continues to grow at its current rate we will be seeking managerial support in the future (such as an operations manager). Should an apprentice show high levels of skill and commitment this could be an opportunity available to the right candidate in the next 18-24 months.

Things to consider

Please consider the location of this vacancy and how you would get here each day for work. 

About the employer

Westcountry Fabrication is a family run business based in Saltash on the Cornwall/Devon border serving domestic and commercial customers across the south of England. From our extensively equipped workshop we offer the complete range of steel supply, design and metal fabrication services. Our skilled site teams offer delivery, installation and fitting services across the South of England.


Westcountry Fabrication Ltd


5 Gilston Road


PL12 6TW

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by City College Plymouth

This is a brand new, bespoke apprenticeship to City College Plymouth. Your core apprenticeship will be based on customer service, with additional business administration assessments to concrete the purpose of your role and learning. All training will be provided by City College Plymouth in collaboration with the employer throughout the 15-18 month apprenticeship. For this apprenticeship you will only have to attend College for the induction sessions and any relevant exams, otherwise all of your learning and assessments will be carried out at the workplace.

Further information can be found on the below link:

Apprenticeship standard

Customer service practitioner

Level 2 (GCSE)

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