Purchasing & Admin Apprentice ELECTROSTEEL CASTINGS (UK) LTD

This role will provide the chance to learn basic business and real-world skills, such as; money management, stock and order control and learning how to professionally communicate with external suppliers/customers and colleagues.

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Closing date: 07 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    apprentice rate for year 1, and as a minimum rise to National living wage in year 2

    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

    37.5hrs per week Monday - Friday between 8.30 - 5.00 pm with 1hr PAID lunch

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    08 Mar 2024

  • Date posted

    01 Dec 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Decision making & problem solving: one of the tasks will include entering the supplier market to find the best deals, this will help your networking skills, as well as develop relationships with suppliers for future purchases
  • Attention to detail & leadership: stock management, ensuring our stock levels are always at a good quantity, this will require being proactive with re-ordering items
  • Proactive & project management: you’ll be learning computer-based skills for raising purchase orders, which could also include checking the quality and quantity of these items and booking them in
  • Research & creativity: it’s not all about the price of a product, you will be learning if a product is efficient. Does a more expensive product last a lot longer than a cheaper item? These kinds of skills will provide you with an opportunity to make key decisions that can benefit the company
  • Skills management & collaboration: the procurement side of the job will allow you to learn and understand importing; from a vessel arriving in the UK to customs clearing the goods for delivery to our sites
  • Interpersonal communication & teamwork: you will learn how to plan a full schedule of container deliveries into our yards. Thus, providing another chance to communicate professionally with external clients, like the shipping companies, the haulage firms, but also internally with our site yard supervisors and maybe the most important of them all, our sales team. These guys will need to know when the goods are coming in, so they can relay the information back to our customers
  • Fluidity & organisation: on arrival you will be expected to book goods into stock, and this is where the purchasing and procurement flow into each other

The training you will be getting

An apprenticeship allows you to earn a wage, gain valuable work experience and industry specific competence. You will be
expected to work towards the Business Administration Level 3, with support from your employer and the Chesterfield College Group.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

The roles we are recruiting are intended to be permanent with the candidate becoming part of the ECL team.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 3) Essential

About the employer

Electrosteel is the leading manufacturers of Ductile Iron Pipes, Fittings and Ancillary Pipeline Products supplying around the globe. Although, being a large-scale company, we are a tightly knitted family here in the UK, with very few people leaving the business to go elsewhere. There are numerous mother/daughter, father/son and brother combination throughout the firm, which provide a huge support to each other in various departments. Our ambitions are very high, but the scope to develop and the opportunity to progress is HUGE. All the senior management have been involved in the industry for over 25 years and the younger middle management have been nurtured from the ages of 18 into roles of heavy responsibility, with healthy rewards. Some started from an engineering background, others came from an IT background, some straight from college or university, and others have just found the industry by chance and fit straight in.







S41 9QJ

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Training provider


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


Alyce Hunt



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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