Commercial Apprentice PORTAKABIN LIMITED

Start your journey with Portakabin – innovators in the science of building! We’re on the search for an energetic and motivated individual to join our Hire division team in Lingfield as a Commercial Apprentice. If you’re an ambitious and hardworking self-starter, who is looking to earn while you learn, then we want to hear from you!

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

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Closing date: 05 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    25 days annual leave + bank holidays Ability to buy an additional 5 days of annual leave Contributory pension Health & wellbeing services Employee benefits program (100's of discounts, including shops, gyms and holidays)

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday. Flexible approach to working hours (core hours 10.00am - 2.30 pm. Specific working pattern to be determined - dependent on the apprentice and team requirements.

    Total hours per week: 36.25

  • Expected duration

    2 Years

  • Possible start date

    09 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    06 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • You’ll be hands-on, working as part of our commercial teams who are responsible for winning orders and maintaining customer relationships
  • Receive in-house training to really understand the full range of Portakabin products and services
  • Develop valuable skills such as effective communication, relationship building, presentation techniques and business development skills
  • Create commercial proposals and deliver them in a format, style and technique suiting our customers
  • Receive various channels of support including your line manager, Area Hire Managers, colleagues, and a mentor. You will also network with other apprentices across the business

The training you will be getting

  • As an apprentice with Portakabin you will complete a Level 4 Sales Executive qualification supported through a blended learning approach with Mercuri International
  • You will also carry out a structured in-house development programme to attain the relevant skills, knowledge and behaviours required to achieve your apprenticeship
  • Throughout the duration of your apprenticeship you will be appointed a workplace mentor to support you with your learning

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • We have lots of fantastic success stories from previous apprentices who have gone on to achieve industry recognised qualifications through their apprenticeships and many of our past apprentices are still working within the business today or have gone onto have successful careers elsewhere. Our workplace culture will allow you to pick up not only the knowledge and skills to be used in your future career but also experience working in a professional but relaxed environment that will give you the confidence to excel in your role and develop as a professional
  • We truly believe that we put our people at the heart of everything we do, and you will have the job security and development opportunities that are rare in the current climate, so why not join us, and be a part of our continuing growth and success? With exciting future ambitions, we couldn’t think of a better time for you to join us!

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent 3 x Non Specific (Grade 4-9 (C-A*)) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4-9 (C-A*)) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4-9 (C-A*)) Essential

Things to consider

5 GCSE qualifications awarded at level 4-9 (C-A*) including English and Maths

About the employer

As innovators in the science of building, we provide modular buildings for hire and sale, as well as supplying refurbished buildings and construction site accommodation. We deliver building solutions for organisations of any size, in sectors ranging from manufacturing, education and health to transport, utilities and construction. Portakabin remains in the ownership of the York based Shepherd family and now employs more than 2,000 people across ten European countries. As an equal opportunities employer, Portakabin is committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective colleagues. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and perspectives and hire great people to build talented and diverse teams. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments throughout the application, recruitment, and onboarding processes for candidates that require additional support and/or adjustments to be made.




Unit 31

Hobbs Industrial Estate, Newchapel




Jo Brownsword

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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

Apprenticeship standard

Sales executive

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

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

Employer's Application Instructions

If you think this sounds like the ideal job for you, please apply by no later than Friday, 5 July 2024. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend interviews in June and July 2024.

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

Apply now

Closing date: 05 Jul 2024