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Business Administration Apprentice Oxfordshire County Council

This is an exciting apprenticeship opportunity to join Oxfordshire County Council as an Administrator. You will be working as part of the Children’s Services, who are responsible for Children’s Social Care and Special Educational Needs for the whole of Oxfordshire.

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

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Closing date: today

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Salary range £18,516 - £18,887

  • Working week

    Monday to Thursday - 9am - 5pm, Friday 9am - 4pm

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Jan 2023

  • Date posted

    11 Nov 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

An apprenticeship is a trainee role designed for an individual who has little or no previous work experience. As a trainee member of the team apprentices will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to perform administrative duties to support both the offices and the wider service.

Apprentices will:

  • Learn how to deal with a range of enquiries from the public, colleagues and partner agencies
  • Learn about services your team provides and signpost enquiries to appropriate areas
  • Learn how to perform general administration duties
  • Work towards a formal qualification through achieving set targets

Attend Abingdon & Witney College (travel expenses will be covered and support with travel arrangements will be given, if required).

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


  • 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)
  • L3 Business Administrator Apprenticeship Standard

End Point Assessment:

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

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Succesful completion of your Apprenticeship may lead to full time employment, although this is no gauranteed. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


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

Things to consider

The three positions available, based in Abingdon, Cowley and Banbury. Due to this post having access to children and/or vulnerable adults, candidates will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided. This is a trainee role designed for an individual who has little or no previous work experience in a similar role. The Council is tackling under-representation of young people in our workforce under Section 159 of the Equality Act 2010. 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

Oxfordshire County Council is a large organisation which provides services to the residents, children, young people and families of Oxfordshire. We are committed to providing apprentices with a great opportunity to improve skills both in life and at work. This can be a great stepping-stone towards making the most of the career opportunities that are available within our organisation.


Oxfordshire County Council


Abbey House

Abbey Close


OX14 3JE

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Training provider



Nairne Barker

01235 216216

Apprenticeship standard

Business administrator

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

Please apply directly through the Council's website.

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

Apply now

Closing date: today