Advanced Business Administration Apprentice Buckinghamshire County Council

We’re looking for an energetic and attention-detailed person to join our Strategic Waste Management and Enforcement Team in Neighbourhood Services. You’ll combine work-based training alongside working towards achieving an Advanced (Level 3) apprenticeship in Business Administration.

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

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Closing date: 29 Sep 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    The wage, after your first year will go up to National Minimum Wage if you are 19+ when you start the 2nd year of your apprenticeship. Paid holiday package, generous pension scheme and many other perks working for the Council.

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, shifts to be confirmed. As an 'Any Desk' worker we currently work 2 days per week in the office and 3 days from home. You are able to work more in the office if require and this is subject to change.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    30 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    13 Sep 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

In this role you’ll be working closely with other members of the Strategic Waste Management and Enforcement team with a particular focus around the day-to-day management of the key Council waste contracts.

Your work activities will focus on some of the following key areas:

  • Waste contract monitoring
  • Site inspections
  • Waste data recording and reporting – including the use of the Council’s Waste Data Management System and Waste Data Flow
  • Gaining knowledge of procuring new waste service contracts
  • Helping with the delivery of waste capital schemes
  • Helping on infrastructure projects
  • Inputting to policy strategy reviews 
  • Starting behaviour change campaigns

The site inspections will be undertaken with the Waste Contract Officers and will require regular travelling to the following locations:

  • The nine Household Recycling Centres
  • The High Heavens waste complex
  • The Energy from Waste facility
  • Waste audits at any one of 30+ waste end destination points
    Closed landfill sites

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

All this will develop in you an understanding of waste management in a local government setting, focused on how the Council’s waste contracts work in real life and so deliver key Council services. You will attend on-line training sessions with your Tutor/Assessor with 1:1 support session monthly.  Access to our e-portfolio system providing you with 24/7 access to your course and training materials.

Level 3 Business Administrator Apprenticeship Standard includes:

  • Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English (if required)
  • End-Point Assessment (EPA)
  • Continued Professional Development training, organisational structure
  • Legislation and Regulations
  • Business Administration communication skills
  • Stakeholder Engagement – both internal and external
  • Stakeholder analysis, service level agreements (SLAs), stakeholder salience, stakeholder power versus interest grid
  • Record and document production – document layout, GDPR, Proof reading techniques
  • Decision Making – cost benefit analysis, break even analysis,
  • 5 Why’s, Root Cause Analysis
  • Risk analysis and risk management, risk implication/ probability chart, force field analysis, use of organisational policies, procedures, and frameworks for support
  • Social Media in Business and personal
  • Project Management tools – project Life Cycle, Gantt chart, Power V’s Interest Grid, SWOT analysis, Work Breakdown Structure, and risk management techniques
  • Change Management
  • PESTLE analysis
  • Finance – Budget Management, invoice processes
  • Interpersonal skills – professionalism, coaching methods, organisational culture
  • Presenting Like a Pro – workshop on how to deliver high quality presentations

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • We cannot guarantee a permanent position following completion of the apprenticeship; however, this is a great opportunity to develop knowledge of the waste management field of work which continues to grow whether working in the public or private sector.  You will be able to apply for other roles within the Council near to the end of you apprenticeship

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Team working, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C/4) Desired
NVQ or SVQ Level 2 or equivalent Business Administration (Grade 2) Desired

About the employer

Our apprenticeships are designed to give you the hands-on experience needed in a real job that brings out the best in you, with real responsibilities, real challenges, real projects and scope to grow your career. The role sits within the Strategic Waste Management and Enforcement service. The team work collaboratively to provide core Council services that cover waste treatment, recycling, reuse and recovery operations provided through a number of multi-million-pound waste contracts. Contracts the team manage include the Energy from Waste (EFW) contract, the Household Recycling Centre (HRC) contract and Green, Food, Bulky and Wood (GFBW) contract. Collectively the team are involved in a wide range of work from enforcement to contract management, procurements, communications, internal business/systems improvements, infrastructure projects, behaviour change projects and customer service. The wider team also covers the management of fly-tipping, unlawful encampments, and traveller community enforcement. Working across the team means there are plenty of opportunities for learning and development in both a formal and informal capacity. The team environment is fast-paced, dynamic and supportive, we invest in ‘growing our own’ so there are excellent opportunities for career progression. The Team are friendly, approachable, and always up for the next challenge!


Buckinghamshire County Council


County Hall

Walton Street


HP20 1UD

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Training provider



Roger Seed

01296 387783

Apprenticeship standard

Business administrator

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

Please apply using the link provided and complete our on-line application form.

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

Apply now

Closing date: 29 Sep 2023