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Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship Standard

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Type: Full Time

Subject: Business Administration, Management and Professional

Level:

Start Date: Please contact the Information Centre for start date information

Fee: Please contact the Information Centre for fee information

Course Length

18 months – additional time may be required to complete your independent End–point assessment. You must have a contract of employment for the duration of your Apprenticeship programme.

Level

This is a Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard and is equivalent to A Levels.

There is the opportunity to progress onto a Higher Level/Degree Apprenticeship upon successful completion of the independent End–point assessment.

Who is it for

APPLICATIONS FOR 2020/21 NOW OPEN!
Please only apply for this course if you already have a suitable employer to support you throughout your Apprenticeship. If you do not currently have an employer you can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies by visiting www.peterborough.ac.uk/apprenticeships/apprenticeship–vacancies

Are you looking to start your career in a business environment?
Do you want to learn transferable skills and progress your CPD?

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. Within the role you will be expected to demonstrate strong communication skills (both written and verbal) and adopt a proactive approach to developing skills. You will be required to show initiative, manage priorities through time management whilst ensuring ongoing development of problem solving skills, decision making skills and the potential for people management responsibilities through mentoring and coaching others.

You can apply for an apprenticeship if you are living in England, over 16 and not in full–time education. You must be in paid employment for the duration of your Apprenticeship, you cannot be self–employed or a volunteer. Employers must pay you the minimum Apprenticeship wage or more, for a minimum of 30 hours a week.

Interview Skills Assessment

All candidates will be invited to a pre interview with the Apprenticeship Recruitment Officers and will take part in an initial assessment for English and Maths. You may also be required to complete an aptitude test based on your current IT Skills.

We strongly recommend all candidates also complete a minimum of 2 weeks work experience with their employer prior to the start of the Apprenticeship to ensure the organisation meets your needs.

What will I need

Individual employers will set selection criteria, but it is likely to include 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 and above including English and Maths; a relevant Level 2 apprenticeship; other relevant qualifications and experience; or an aptitude test with a focus on IT Skills.

You will also require a suitable supportive employer who will guide you through your apprenticeship. If you do not have an employer already you can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies are advertised on our website – https://www.peterborough.ac.uk/apprenticeships/apprenticeship–vacancies/

We strongly advise you to complete a minimum of 2 weeks work experience with your employer prior to the start of your Apprenticeship to ensure it is a suitable organisation for your needs.

What is covered

This Apprenticeship is designed for business administrators to develop key knowledge, skills and behaviours to support progression toward management responsibilities. 

Key skills:
• IT
• Record and document production
• Decision making
• Interpersonal skills
• Communication
• Quality
• Planning and organisation
• Project Management

Key knowledge and behaviours:
• In–depth knowledge of the organisation and the wider business environment including stakeholders, relevant regulations and policies, business fundamentals, key processes and external environmental factors.
• Role module behaviours and make a positive contribution to the culture of the business maintaining professionalism.

You will also complete a work–based portfolio showcasing the skills you have learnt on the course in a work–based environment, as well as an End–point assessment in the last 2–3 months of the programme.

As an Apprentice you will be expected to attend college 1 day a month as part of your ongoing 20% off–the–job training. Additional off–the–job training hours are expected to be completed within the workplace, however you may be asked to complete tasks at home via Google Classroom and One–file.

Please note you may also be asked to complete additional English and Maths qualifications as part of the Apprenticeship programme.

How is the course assessed

As well as being assessed continually throughout your apprenticeship course, all apprentices are required to complete an End–point Assessment in order to complete their qualification.

The EPA is conducted independently to your employer and Peterborough College and is designed to test whether you have gained the skills, knowledge and behaviours outline in the Business Administration Apprenticeship Standard. You will be graded according to your individual performance.

Throughout the duration of your Apprenticeship you will complete a number of assessments, only when these have been completed can your assessor and employer agree to put your forward for the 'Gateway'. This gateway allows you to focus on and prepare for your EPA in order to complete your Apprenticeship. During this time your employer will be expected to support you to prepare for your EPA through regular training.

Throughout the Apprenticeship it is your responsibility with the help from your employer, assessor and college tutors to ensure you are ready for your final independent EPA.

More information about your EPA will be given to you by your Assessor at the Apprenticeship Sign Up.

What can this course lead to

Successful learners can progress onto a higher/degree level Apprenticeship, continue to work within the business environment, gain promotion or learners could progress to university. Possible job roles could include: Administrative Assistant, Receptionist/Secretary, Clerk, Office Junior/Assistant, Executive Assistant and Data Entry.

Are there any additional costs

Learners may need to purchase uniform and/or equipment depending on the employer.

Other details

Reality check!
Working in a business environment, it is important you are professional both in your manner and dress. Some offices are based in industrial sites or business parks on the outskirts of Peterborough so you will need to think about how you will travel to work and the travel costs. Also due to the nature of work, working outside of office hours could be required.

An Apprentice will work on average 30–37 hours a week, this may vary throughout the year dependent on seasonal trends and workloads.

An employed status Apprentice you will:
• Earn a wage – the national minimum wage for Apprentices is £4.15 an hour, although many Apprentices earn more than this. Please note you must be a paid employee of the business, you cannot be self–employed or a volunteer.
• Have a contract of employment – this must be given to you at the start of your employment.
• Get paid holidays – these will be detailed in your contract of employment.
• Receive training – it is crucial to the success of your Apprenticeship that your employer supports you with regular training. The Apprenticeship standard states you must complete a minimum of 20% off–the–job training which can also include training at Peterborough Regional College and training within the workplace. You will also be expected to build a portfolio and complete tasks on One–file and Google Classrooms.

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