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We are seeking a motivated, focused, collaborative individual to work as part of the HR Shared Service team to provide a comprehensive, efficient and customer responsive HR service. This incorporates a range of HR administrative duties supporting services across our Essex and Norfolk sites.

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Closing date: 19 Jan 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm with a 1 hour lunch break.

    Total hours per week: 35.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    02 Feb 2022

  • Date posted

    28 Sep 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Do you want to work for/and be part of our well-establish charity which seeks to promote a greater knowledge and understanding of autism through training, education and supplying information to the public and professionals? If the answer is YES then this Apprenticeship may be an ideal opportunity for you to be part of an experienced team who is driven to enhance people’s lives.

As part of this role you will be required to study towards the HR Support Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard at Colchester Institute. 

This apprenticeship enables you to develop new or existing HR skills, providing HR expertise within a company or organisation and contains options for HR specialisms and management responsibilities.

Key responsibilities and day-to-day duties (full and ongoing training/support will be provided):

  • Undertaking a full range of HR administration duties, along with the HR Assistant, being the first point of contact for general HR and recruitment queries
  • Support the resourcing function including processes such as advertising, seeking appropriate approvals, providing candidates with application packs, document auditing, liaising with hiring managers regarding interviews
  • Support the recruitment function including processes such as collating new starter paperwork, referencing, DBS checks, document auditing, employment verification
  • Managing HR data in a confidential way, ensuring that it is fully up to date and accurate
  • Assisting with data processes such as drafting contract variation letters, including job changes, promotions, changes to hours and salary, starters, leavers
  • Assist with providing timely monthly employee data to Finance/Payroll including starters, leavers, changes, sickness absence, maternity, paternity
  • Working closely with the HR Assistant, monitor and respond to HR Support and Recruitment email inboxes, escalating where appropriate
  • Maintain work instruction procedures documents and ensure electronic HR toolkits and forms are updated and fit for purpose
  • In conjunction with the HR Managers/Advisors to assist with key HR projects and HR processes as required
  • Any other duties commensurate to the role of HR Apprentice
  • Take personal responsibility and act within the spirit, principles and values of the Charity

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Understanding of Business functions / Basic HR knowledge
  • Excellent IT skills including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook
  • Excellent communication skills with a customer focused approach

Personal qualities

  • Self-motivated
  • Calm & patient professional manner
  • Ability to make decisions, encourage, motivate others
  • Display a tactful and diplomatic approach when dealing with other individuals
  • Ability to present oneself as a good role model in terms of conducting in an appropriate manner
  • Commitment to on-going professional and personal development

Desired qualifications

  • It is essential to hold GCSE's grades A*-C/9-4 in maths and English (or equivalent) and be educated to A Level standard (or equivalent)
  • All candidates will be required to complete Colchester Institute's mandatory initial assessment process before being put forward to the company
  • This will consist of online assessments

Future prospects

  • The Apprenticeship could lead to a permanent opportunity working within one of Autism Anglia’s services, depending if a vacancy exists and if the individual is able to demonstrate the required competence

Things to consider

  • It is essential that the successful applicant holds a full driving license
  • Autism Anglia is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults and children and expect all staff to share this commitment.
  • This post is subject to an Disclosure and Barring Service check
  • After 1 year the wage will be paid at the National Minimum Wage based on the apprentice's age


  • Colchester Institute – Apprenticeship Team manage the applications to this role and you will be required to complete our initial assessment process before your application gets sent onto the employer
  • Please be advised that the closing date for this role could be brought forward or extended if this vacancy receives a high number or low number of applicants and/or the company recruit before the closing date
  • Whilst there are possible closing and start dates should you be available earlier this can be negotiated with the employer

About the employer

Autism Anglia is a well-establish charity providing provision for people within the Autistic Spectrum from pre-school to adults. We provide a range of services to enable people with Autism to live as independently as possible and experience choice and inclusion in society.

The ethos of our work is based on the following five key themes:

  • To provide skills and strategies to people with ASC
  • To always adopt a personal approach
  • To have a shared understanding of a person and their strength and needs
  • To have power with rather than power over a person with ASC
  • To see people with ASC as independent and valued citizens

The charity also seeks to promote a greater knowledge and understanding of autism through training, education and supplying information to the public and professionals.





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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Colchester Institute


Colchester Institute - Apprenticeship Team 01206712043

  • Candidates will undertake the HR Support Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard
  • All delivered within the work place via online training and at Colchester Institute Campus

Apprenticeship standard

HR support

Level 3 (A level)

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