Sales Assistant Apprentice A J STEEL SERVICES LTD

We are looking for a confident person who will answer sales calls, respond to emails, quote steel enquiries, process orders and help with office administration.

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Closing date: 13 Dec 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    After completion of a 3 month probation period there will be a salary review and you will be included in our quarterly bonus scheme.

    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 9am – 4:30pm With 30 minutes for lunch (unpaid).

    Total hours per week: 35

  • Expected duration

    21 Months

  • Possible start date

    18 Dec 2023

  • Date posted

    15 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • The successful candidate will be part of a busy sales office at a steel stockholding warehouse and will involve a variety of activities
  • The candidate will be expected to take and deal with sales enquiries from customers via telephone calls and emails in a professional manner
  • Training will be provided so that you become familiar with the variety of steel products that we sell, as well as how to calculate costs, selling prices and sales margins
  • Quoting and processing orders will involve using a cloud-based stock inventory system. Part of quoting will also involve liaising with suppliers to procure costs and availability
  • During the apprenticeship you will become an integral part of the sales team and will generate profit that the company and all its employees will benefit from


The training you will be getting

  • Business Administrator Level 3 Standard
  • End Point Assessment
  • Training and training location to be confirmed

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Competence and success in this role can lead to more involvement with the accounting software Xero and an introduction to basic accounting practices

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Number skills, Professional writing skills, Professional verbal skills, Excellent Maths skills, Excellent IT Skills, Dealing with figures daily, Confident telephone manner, Confident in talking to people, Working in a busy sales office, Enjoy working in a small team


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

Things to consider

Plenty of car parking spaces are available on site. Alternatively, Bayton Road Industrial Estate is well served by buses.

About the employer

We have been providing a high standard of customer service for companies operating in the Midlands area since 2004. Jim, Lorraine and David are the Directors of the company and between them have over 80 years’ experience working in the mild steel industry. We have an in-depth knowledge of the industry and we pride ourselves on being able to offer just about any stock bars that are made of mild steel, stainless, aluminium and more – please just ask, we like to be tested! Our Coventry warehouse stocks a wide variety of mild steel products that we can deliver to you quickly using our own transport. We also welcome collections if you have your own vehicle; our overhead crane is available for quick loading. If you would like your bars cut to length then we have an automatic band saw on site that can cut up to 360mm diameter.








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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


Tracey Chaplin


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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