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International Travel Apprentice Ricardo Energy & Environment

The successful candidate will make travel arrangements for consultants and managers who are travelling on Ricardo business. The trips range from a day trip on the Eurostar to Brussels for a client meeting to complex trips involving multiple long-haul flights and hotel stays in different countries.

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Closing date: 01 Jan 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Salary will range from £15,000 to £17,000 dependent on your experience and your skills.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    26 Jan 2023

  • Date posted

    27 Oct 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The job holder will provide support to the International Travel Manager, other members of the travel team and our many international travellers in booking and recording travel including the following. Thorough training would be provided in all systems and there would be another member of the team on hand to provide support and guidance.

  • Booking flights, hotels, taxis, trains and hire cars using on-line portals and by phone
  • Liaising with travellers to understand their needs and preferences, by email, phone and instant message
  • Processing visa applications
  • General administration of travel bookings, e.g. checking invoices
  • Ad hoc support to travellers and other members of the team

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

L3 Business Administration

  • 15 months practical training period, plus 3 months for End Point Assessment

Delivery model:

  • Work-based training with your employer
  • 10 days Business Professionals training at college
  • Approximately 12 on-site assessment visits per year
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English (7 days at college for each, if required)
  • Off the job training will count for at least 6 hours per week of an apprentice’s time at work

Qualifications included:

  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths (if required)
    Level 3 Business Administrator Apprenticeship Standard

End-Point Assessment (EPA):

  • Knowledge test
  • Portfolio based interview
  • Project/improvement presentation 

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Following initial training the successful candidate would have the opportunity to further develop their skills and knowledge in travel booking and administration more generally, including more advanced skills such as visa processing. There would also be the opportunity to work in other administrative support functions within Ricardo Energy & Environment or the wider Ricardo Group, or to move into team leader and management roles, with further learning and development provided as required. We have people at all levels of the business that started their careers as apprentices, including one of the Senior Leadership Team

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade A*-C 9/4 or equivalent) Essential

Things to consider

Please apply as soon as possible for this role. Should the right candidate be found prior to the closing date, then the vacancy may be closed early. Apprenticeship Assessment and Information Session Any new person applying for apprenticeship roles where Abingdon and Witney College deliver the training will be required to attend an Apprenticeship Assessment and Information Session at Witney or Abingdon campus. This will consist of a series of initial assessments (required prior to any apprenticeship offer), completion of essential paperwork, the opportunity to find out more about the apprenticeship process, the training included, and a forum for your questions. As a new Apprenticeship applicant you will only have to undergo this process once. If you would like to talk to us about the assessments or if you would need any extra support to attend the Apprenticeship Assessment and Information Session please call us on 01235 216216. Qualification checks By applying for this vacancy you are giving Abingdon and Witney College permission to undertake a Learner Record Service check on your previous qualifications. We make every effort to ensure that applicants from non-traditional academic backgrounds or those who may not have the formal GCSE entry requirements can access apprenticeships where possible. The National Minimum Wage (NMW) for Apprentices is £4.81 per hour from April 2022 but many employers pay more than this. This applies to 16 - 18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over during the first year of their apprenticeship. After this, the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The Wage for apprentices applies to both time spent on the job plus time spent training.

About the employer

Ricardo plc is a global strategic, environmental, and engineering consulting company, listed on the London Stock Exchange. With over 100 years of engineering excellence and employing close to 3,000 employees in more than 20 countries, we provide exceptional levels of expertise in delivering leading-edge and innovative cross-sector sustainable products and solutions. Every day, we enable our customers to solve the most complex and dynamic challenges to help achieve a safe and sustainable world. Energy & Environment, one of Ricardo plc’s five operating business units, is a leader in sustainability consultancy, solving complex environmental challenges through industry-leading analysis, advice and data. With more than 40 years of heritage in addressing air quality, environmental and sustainability issues, our customers value us for our deep understanding and breadth of services covering the entire value chain from evidence, policy & strategy to implementation.


Ricardo Energy & Environment


Gemini Building

Fermi Avenue


OX11 0QR

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Training provider



Nairne Barker

01235 216216

Apprenticeship standard

Business administrator

Level 3 (A level)

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