An apprenticeship is a job with training. You will be employed at least 30 hours a week, with 80% of your working hours in your day-to-day role, and the remaining 20% of your time engaged in training or study. The business administrator role complements the role of other business and office based professionals: one of the primary responsibilities of the job is to provide effective administrative support for the organisation. Business administrators may work in a variety of environments and ensure that business related support is offered effectively and as efficiently as possible. The apprenticeship reflects all aspects of administrative responsibilities and duties as such and will provide the apprentice with the level 3 business administrator apprenticeship national Standard.
As an apprentice, you are entitled to at least the apprenticeship rate of the national minimum wage (NMW) in the first year of your apprenticeship. If you are aged 19 or over in the second year of your apprenticeship, you will be entitled to the ordinary NMW. The NMW for apprentices applies to time spent on the job plus time spent training.
What You'll Learn
The level 3 apprenticeship programme will require you to develop your skills, knowledge and behaviours in a commercial environment and achieve a series of standards to prove your competence. This is portfolio-based and assessed in the workplace. This is delivered via e-learning and classroom delivery with support from your Assessor. You may also be offered additional support to complete functional skills if you haven’t achieved a level 1 or 2 qualification in both maths and English. Examples of standards include IT skills development, decision-making skills, financial awareness, planning and organising, understanding legislation, project management, communication skills and team working. In order to gain all the learning outcomes, the programme will be 12 to 18 months.
In the second year you will continue to develop skills, knowledge and behaviours in: communication in a business environment, manage personal performance and development, develop working relationships with colleagues, principles of providing administrative services, principles of business document production and information management and understand employer organisations. You will also prepare for you final End Point Assessment, this will comprise of: a knowledge test (onscreen multiple choice assessment) – 20%, an Interview – 40% and a presentation (based on a project or process improvement) – 40%.
Maths and English GCSEs at grade 4/C or an equivalent qualification are ideally required. In order to be selected for this apprenticeship, you will also need excellent communication skills and an ability to work with many different professionals in a typical business environment. IT literacy is important to use software in the workplace. Finally, you must have the drive to complete the demands of the apprenticeship course and become a qualified Business Administrative Professional. You will also need to demonstrate commitment to learning while working and spending 20% of your working hours completing off-the-job training.
How you will be assessed
Assessment for this apprenticeship is largely via a portfolio of evidence gathered at work. You will also be regularly visited at work by your trainer assessor from Leicester College, who will support you to achieve the standard required. Towards the end of your course, you will undertake an End Point Assessment process that includes a portfolio showcase, a knowledge test and a professional discussion based on your development conducted by an independent assessor.
Business Adminstrator Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard
If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.
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If you are aged 19 or over there is no government funding available for this course. However you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan for the course fee.
Course and Career progression
Following on from this apprenticeship you will be eligible to enrol onto another higher level apprenticeship. This could also lead to permanent employment with your apprenticeship employer (around 70% of apprentices who successfully complete their course stay with the same employer) or you could find work in a specialist role within an industrial or commercial sector.
What Happens Next
You can express your interest for this apprenticeship by completing a Leicester College application form or alternatively you can apply for one of our live apprenticeship vacancies via the College website. Our apprenticeships can also be found on the government’s apprenticeship site, gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship. As with any other job application, if you are shortlisted then you will be invited for interview at the employer’s premises. You can apply for as many apprenticeship vacancies as you want.