Apprentice Administrator - Finance Practice Group CMS CAMERON MCKENNA NABARRO OLSWANG LLP

We are recruiting for an Administrator Apprentice within our Finance Practice Group (18-month FTC). This is a great opportunity for someone who is looking for an administrative role where you will be able to learn and develop whilst also achieving a Business Administrator Level 3 Apprenticeship.

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Closing date: 30 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    CMS benefits package

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm with 1 hour for lunch break

    Total hours per week: 35.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 May 2024

  • Date posted

    27 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Working in our Finance Practice Group in an administrative role, you will gain an understanding of the variety of tasks that are undertaken to support your colleagues in the secretarial team, and fee earners and partners across the practice group. We are looking for an individual who is keen to grow their knowledge and confidence whilst gaining an understanding of the numerous administrative tasks that are carried out in the team. With the support and mentoring of colleagues, you will develop your skills within the workplace with a view to progress your career within the secretarial team. This role is 5 days a week in the office as all tasks undertaken in this role are purely office based.

To support your ongoing learning and development, you will undertake the Business Administrator Level 3 Apprenticeship which is supported by our external training provider, including Functional Skills in English and maths if required. 

Our newly created Administrator Apprenticeship Contract will give you the opportunity of gaining valuable on-the-job learning along with structured learning with a competitive salary. It is for a fixed period of 18 months. As an equal opportunities employer following that period you may be eligible to apply for other roles advertised in the business.
During your apprenticeship you will become fully conversant in a variety of tasks which the wider team undertake. These tasks include but are not limited to:
•    Scanning documents and filing them electronically, and in hard copy, for the relevant PA/Secretary or fee-earner
•    Printing and photocopying documents as and when required by the relevant PA/Secretary or fee-earner
•    A wide variety of general miscellaneous administrative tasks to include, but not limited to, matter closing, deeds scheduling, scanning of invoices and correspondence, creation of hard copy folders/files and maintenance of team library
•    Delivery and collection of items from other Practice Groups or support departments
•    Providing ad hoc support as required and undertaking tasks specific to your practice group area

The training you will be getting

  • You will be working towards the Business Administrator Level 3 qualification and will be training virtually with a tutor provided by our training provider
  • You may need to take Functional Skills English and maths without GCSE or equivalent
  • You will have a half day each week in one block, with the remaining off-the-job hours spread over the rest of your working week as agreed with your supervisor
  • You will also have a CMS mentor, along with a network of current apprentices to support your learning journey

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Once qualified you will be able to apply to roles within CMS, which may include a Team Secretary, progressing to a PA role when more experienced

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Analytical skills, Team working, A good team player, A "can-do" & flexbile attitude, Keep calm under pressure, Good Outlook & Word knowledge


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Desired

About the employer

CMS is a Future Facing law firm. With 75 offices in 43 countries and 4,800+ lawyers worldwide, we combine deep sector understanding with a global overview, giving us the ability not only to see what's coming, but to shape it. CMS is well equipped to help our clients face the future with confidence. We are driven by technology and readily embrace the possibilities it opens up for developing new and better ways of delivering legal services. Our bold approach to a changing future ensures that we nurture our employees and recruit top talent




Cannon Place 78 Cannon Street




Shannen O'Neill

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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

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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