Customer Service Apprentice Barnsley College

The role of a Customer Service Practitioner is to deliver a high-quality service to the business’ customers. The post holder will influence the customer experience and their satisfaction within the business.

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Closing date: 08 Aug 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Substantial annual leave entitlement (Up to 47 days per year including bank and public holidays!) College gym membership with onsite facilities Supporting employee mental health through access to free counselling services.

    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

    37.5 Hours per week. Monday - Thursday, 8.30am - 5.00pm and Friday, 8.30am - 4.30pm.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    27 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    4 days ago

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Develop an understanding of the business, its ‘brand promise', values and service culture and uphold this through the services provided
  • Understand and follow internal policies and procedures, including any complaints processes and digital media policies
  • Understand the needs and expectations of the business’s customers and strive to meet these through excellent customer service delivery
  • Understand and uphold appropriate legislation and regulatory requirements
  • Use systems, equipment and technology to meet the needs of the customers
  • Monitor customer service levels
  • Establish facts that enable the creation of a customer-focused experience and appropriate response
  • Build trust with a customer
  • Understand the products or services that are available from the organisation and keep up-to-date
  • Use appropriate communication methods, depending on the task and environment
  • Use appropriate verbal and non-verbal communication skills, along with summarising language during face-to-face communications
  • Use appropriate communication skills, along with reinforcement techniques (to confirm understanding) during non-facing customer interactions
  • Use an appropriate ‘tone of voice’ in all communications, including written and digital, that reflect the business’s brand
  • Provide clear explanations and offer options in order to help customers make choices that are mutually beneficial to both the customer and the business
  • Demonstrate patience and calmness
  • Understand the customer’s point of view
  • Use appropriate signposting or resolution to meet customer needs and manage expectations
  • Maintain informative communication during service recovery
  • Take ownership of keeping service knowledge and skills up-to-date
  • Consider personal goals and propose development opportunities
  • Act on and seek feedback to develop or maintain personal service skills and knowledge
  • Frequently and consistently communicate and work with colleagues in the interest of helping customers efficiently
  • Treat customers as individuals to provide a personalised customer service experience
  • Demonstrate personal pride in the job through appropriate dress and positive and confident language
  • Take ownership from the first contact and then take responsibility for fulfilling the promise to the customer

The training you will be getting

  • Delivery to be completed on-site and 6 hours per week off the job training either at Barnsley College or your place of work.
  • Student to complete an Intermediate Technical Certificate as a Customer Service Practitioner Level 2. 
  • Functional Skills in maths and English, if required.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Possible progression opportunities.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


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

About the employer

We are an outstanding further education college. With a wide range of over 300 courses covering subjects from Animal Care, Business and Catering, to Forensics, Motorsport and Performing Arts, our campuses offer purpose-built accommodation for each subject to ensure that our students are learning in industry-standard facilities that reflect the environment you will work in after finishing your studies. Many of our College facilities are working and operating as commercial businesses alongside everyday teaching. This means you will get the opportunity to not only learn in the right environment for your studies but gain real life work experience in your chosen career, giving you a better chance over other candidates when you come to apply for employment.


Barnsley College


Church Street


S70 2AX

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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


Amanda Ogley


Apprenticeship standard

Customer service practitioner

Level 2 (GCSE)

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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