Business Administration and Auction Apprentice CHALKWELL AUCTIONS LTD

A fantastic opportunity has just become available to join the team at Chalkwell Auctions. With exciting prospects and opportunities to progress, learn and develop new skills. The successful candidate will work alongside the Salesroom Manager and will work across multiple departments, gaining knowledge of all areas of the business. Booking in items for auction and setting out the display of the room, plus more.

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Closing date: 31 Dec 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 09:00 - 17:00 (Plus 2 extra evenings per month to cover auction days) (1-hour for lunch)

    Total hours per week: 35.0

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jan 2024

  • Date posted

    13 Sep 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The role will include but not limited to tasks such as:

  • Booking in items for auction and setting out the display of the
  • Assisting the team on lotting days with the preparation of the
    catalogue, this includes photography, cataloguing and uploading the catalogue to various online sites
  • Assisting the team during auctions: portering, pay office duties, managing internet bids, telephone bids, etc.
  • After auctions duties answering the telephone, collecting payments, organising delivery for costumers
  • Managing the mailing list
  • Front of house; answering telephone enquiries, contacting
    customers, promoting sales

Administration tasks:

  • General office and administrative duties
  • Scanning, opening post, collating paperwork
  • The successful candidate will need to be confident speaking to clients via telephone and face to face
  • Preparing paperwork for client meetings
  • Answers telephone calls and follows up customer enquiries
  • Arranges appointments with clients and the team
  • Taking messages and providing updates to clients
  • Dealing with general clerical work

The training you will be getting

  • You will achieve the Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship Standard
  • There are workshops that you will need to attend via Zoom
  • You will have a mentor who will work with you on a one-to-one basis
  • In-house training will be given to support specifics of the role

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

The position on offer would ideally suit a candidate seeking to progress past an apprenticeship and being a part of the companies continued growth for years to come.

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, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness


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

Things to consider

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About the employer

Chalkwell Auctions has been established in the Southend area for almost 30 years and as a result of our re-location in 2010 has grown to be an important saleroom in the South of England. All our sales are live on-line via with recent catalogues being viewed by an amazing 250.000 people, over 3,500 of whom were only viewing our sale. We have gained an excellent reputation for the quality of our service both from sellers and buyers. A major part of our work is dealing with deceased estates. This involves giving accurate advice on both the Probate and Selling aspects of the contents of properties at a sensitive time. From small flats to large houses with contents comprising antiques, jewellery, fine art and the inevitable leftovers which need to be disposed of, we can help . We offer a full service in this respect and do not just cherry pick the best items and leave families to deal with the rest. Often there are items among the contents of a property which can be grouped together to form suitable lots for sale instead of being discarded and in some cases this can make a significant difference to the value of the proceeds. The end result of this is that the bulk of our work comes from recommendation from satisfied individuals and solicitors. From humble beginnings we are now the first UK provincial auction house to offer you direct access for viewing sales, bidding and keeping up to date via our own Chalkwell Auctions app.








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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


Andrea Gregory


Apprenticeship standard

Business administrator

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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