An exciting opportunity has arisen for an apprentice to join the office team of an innovative and forward-thinking parish council, offering the successful candidate a chance to gain valuable administration and workplace skills and experience.

If you are interested in applying for this role, please follow this link:

Apply for Business Admin Level 3 Apprenticeship with Stone Parish Council

Apprenticeship summary

Annual wage

£14,430.00

Inner fringe allowance, staff discount at Lizzies (our community cafe), free parking onsite

Working week

The apprenticeship is for 18 months, followed by a 3- month EPA. Working week is from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, but may be asked to work evenings weekends for certain council events and activities (to be agreed in advance with apprentice).

Total hours per week: 37

Expected duration

18 Months

Possible start date

09 Jan 2023

Apprenticeship level

Advanced
Level 3 (A level)

What will the apprentice be doing?

The postholder will provide a range of administration duties and, as part of a small team, no two days are the same!  However, the main responsibilitis include the following:

  • To provide front of house reception cover, receiving incoming telephone calls and directing to the appropriate council officer as necessary
  • To receive enquiries and bookings in connection with council facilities and services including carrying out show-rounds with potential hirers
  • To administer the booking system for hall hire, including following up outstanding invoice payments and direct liaison with hirers (both private and corporate) to assist with questions regarding their specific booking
  • To perform general administrative duties including, but not limited to, correspondence, setting up meetings, data entry, photocopying and filing in support of council activities as required
  • To research suppliers, obtain quotes and place orders to fulfil purchase requirements including ordering and managing stationery
  • To assist as directed with the promotion of council events, activities, relevant strategies and policies via the council’s website, social media channels, and e-newsletter
  • To assist with set-up and facilitation of bookings or other council and community events as directed, including the provision of refreshments

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

  • On the job training with the employer whilst working towards the Business Administration Level 3 qualification
  • Business administrators have a highly transferable set of knowledge, skills and behaviours that can be applied in all sectors.
  • This includes small and large businesses alike, from the public sector, private sector and charitable sector
  • The role may involve working independently or as part of a team and will involve developing, implementing, maintaining and improving administrative services
  • Business administrators develop key skills and behaviours to support their own progression towards management responsibilities
  • Regular work-based assessments/observations carried out by Quest Training Ltd. The initial apprenticeship is for an 18 month term followed by a 3 month End-point Assessment

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Business administrators have a highly transferable set of knowledge, skills and behaviours that can be applied in all sectors. This includes small and large businesses alike; from the public sector, private sector and charitable sector. The role may involve working independently or as part of a team and will involve developing, implementing, maintaining and improving administrative services
  • Business administrators develop key skills and behaviours to support their own progression towards management responsibilities
  • Many employers retain apprentices in full/part-time positions but the qualification you will gain will enable you to update and enhance your CV with the additional skills and hands-on experience you have gained, therefore making it attractive to potential employers
  • The successful candidate will gain experience and a deep understanding of how a council works and the role of a parish council in relation to local and county councils. The knowledge gained can be utilised in future applications for roles within the public sector

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Team working, Self-motivated, Flexible, Desire to learn new things

Qualifications

GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C or above) Essential

Training

Training provider

QUEST TRAINING SOUTH EAST LTD

Apprenticeship standard

Business administrator
Level 3 (A level)