People Administrator Apprentice Howes Percival LLP

Are you eager for a chance to kick-start your career in HR? We are offering an exciting opportunity for someone who is ambitious and driven to join a thriving law firm as a People Administrator Apprentice. This is a development role with ample room for learning and growth, offering you a dynamic start to your professional career. Duties include supporting with all recruitment activity such as posting adverts, organising interviews and liaising with agencies.

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Closing date: 11 Dec 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    35 hours per week 9am to 5pm (1 hour for lunch) Days TBC.

    Total hours per week: 35

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    15 Dec 2023

  • Date posted

    14 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

General Recruitment Support

 Support with all recruitment activity such as posting adverts,
organising interviews and liaising with agencies. Work with the
People Business Partners and Advisors to strategically source

Lifecycle Administration

 Support with producing new joiner paperwork including formal
offer and contract.
 Support with new joiner documentation and pre-employment
checks such as obtaining relevant right to work checks and
 Support with new joiner inductions by ensuring all new people
have a detailed induction plan and also schedule new starter
 Organise business cards and name badges for new joiners.
 Support with ensuring that new joiner details are uploaded to the HR system.
 Support with administrating promotions/change of terms and
conditions including update the HR System.
 Support the leaver process including exit interviews.

Data Management

 Ensure the relevant HR database is up to date, accurate and
complies with legislation.
 Track and monitor absence data through the HR database.
 Producing reports on key HR metrics.

Learning and Development

 Support with maintaining the Learning and Development system
by processing new joiners and leavers.
 Support with setting up all employees/ partners with the correct
learning profile.
 Support with managing the Firms subscriptions and library
(online and hard copy), including ordering appropriate learning
 Support with managing internal training requirements such as
first aid training.
 Assist with the Performance Development Review process by
tracking and filing the documentation.
 Support with managing the LEXIS, NEXIS and PLC sites by
adding new Fee Earners.
 Support with work experience and non-graduate activity.
 Monitor all L&D spend and process invoices, where applicable.

Employee Relations

 Support with investigation, disciplinary and grievance processes,
where applicable.

People Projects

 Support with various projects as part of the People Plan.


 Support with People Team communications and updates.
 Support the management of the People Team inbox ensuring
emails are responded to in a timely manner.
 Support with various administration activities including reception
cover, sundries ordering and ad hoc office administration tasks.

The training you will be getting

  • Level 3 Business Administrator
  • One day a month at Northampton College Booth Lane 

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Potential for a full time position once the apprenticeship is complete and progression within the company.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Organisation skills, Team working, Continuous improvement, Flexibility, Confidence, Positive attitude, Keen to learn


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

Things to consider

Benefits we offer are: • Financial security • HP’s pension scheme offers matched contributions up to 5% with salary sacrifice tax savings • Group income protection insurance • Lump sum life assurance benefit • Profit share scheme and discretionary bonus • Rewards & savings • Interest-free season ticket loan • Perks at Work discounts • Recruitment bounty • Cycle to work scheme • Electric car scheme • Long service awards • Holidays & career breaks • 25 days holiday entitlement plus bank holidays, rising to 30 days with long service • Option to ‘buy or sell’ holiday • One paid charity day per year • Career break policy • Health and Wellbeing • Comprehensive private medical cover with optional cover for family • Medicash health cash plan—reclaim cash spent on routine treatment • Employees Assistance Programme_ 24/7 access to specialist support, information covering a wide range of issues • Optional critical illness cover • Emergency leave policy when regular care arrangements break down • Optional dental insurance cover • Annual Wellbeing Day • Locate for your diary policy to promote work-life balance • Wellbeing calendar with regular events that aim to provide support with Social, Mental, Physical, Career and Financial Wellbeing.

About the employer

Howes Percival is a friendly leading commercial law firm with over 300 people. It was founded in 1790 in Northamptonshire and in the 1960s saw rapid expansion. Howes Percival operates throughout East Midlands and East Anglia with offices in Leicester, Northampton, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Cambridge and Manchester. Our people are recruited from a variety of backgrounds. Many trained with us and others have come from prestigious international and city firms, and some have a proven background in industry. From the start Howes Percival has viewed its culture as the equal to its expertise. We are proud of our value led culture that promotes a sense of belonging and we strive to be a place where people want to work and enjoy working. At Howes Percival we are committed to the communities we live and work within whilst supporting our clients’ to reach their hopes and dreams. The combination of excellent legal knowledge; an inclusive culture; and friendly, approachable people, results in the delivery of great service to our clients. To achieve our strategy of being people focused we know that the health, safety and wellbeing of our people is paramount and we provide a comprehensive ‘employee wellbeing’ programme to support our people – this includes extensive wellbeing and mental health support. We have also introduced new career development frameworks; a new mentorship programme; and a new leadership training course for people interested in developing their careers or improving their skills.


Howes Percival LLP


Nene House

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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


Business Centre

01604 734323

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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