Business Administration Apprentice PORT OF BOSTON LIMITED

As a Business Administration apprentice, you will learn about and support the workings of a busy Port office. You will ensure that administration is completed in a timely and accurate manner.

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Closing date: 29 Sep 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Apprentice will need to flexible in their hours of work as the ship attendance revolves around the tides, in which the tides move forward approx. 1 hour per day. Overtime will be paid for any out of hours attendance or time in lieu gained.

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday 8.00am - 5.00pm.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    01 Sep 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Boarding vessels when are where required
  • Communicate to all relevant parties to ensure the most efficient port stay
  • Liaison with statutory authorities such as customs and the harbour authority
  • Ensure that goods / services are ordered and supplied to the ships promptly
  • Accurate recording and reporting of information during the ships port call
  • Ensuring administration is completed in a timely and accurate manner
  • Handling calls and queries and ensuring responses are in a timely manner
  • Liaise and coordinate with staff from other departments
  • Coordinate husbandry services for the ship such as crew changes, technicians, visitors, spares, provisions, cash to master, bunkers, fresh water, waste
  • Inputting data into spreadsheets the Ports bespoke agency management system
  • Always working in a safe and efficient manner
  • Any other additional duties that may be reasonable required of you by your line manager

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

You will attend Boston College at least twice a month where you will receive one-to-one support from your assessor. On successful completion of the Apprenticeship, you will achieve a level 3 business administration qualification.

Functional Skills in English and maths if required.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

The role will be for a total of 21-months (18-months practical period plus a 3-month end point assessment) with the opportunity to gain a full-time position afterwards upon completion of apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Team working, Willingness to learn


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C) Desired

Things to consider

Please note that random screening is undertaken for substance abuse and a zero-tolerance policy is operated.

About the employer

The Victoria Group is a leading independent operator whose six important port facilities – Victoria Wharf (Plymouth); Corporation Wharf (Plymouth); Sharpness Dock (Gloucestershire); Mersey Wharf (Bromborough, Wirral); Seaham Harbour (County Durham); Port of Boston (the Wash) – are well-equipped to serve both the short sea trades and the international shipping routes. The port facilities are strategically located to serve the South East region, South West, the Midlands to the Heart of England, the North and Scotland.




The Dock



PE21 6BN

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Training provider



Claire Hall

Apprenticeship standard

Business administrator

Level 3 (A level)

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