Do you have that burning desire to take charge of the planning, control, leading and organizing of activities within a business? Do you want to become a UK Apprentice? Are you able to work in a professional environment while maintaining staff relations? If so, please read on to see how the Level 3 Business Administrator Apprenticeship could be the Cinderella’s shoe for you!
Entry Criteria and career opportunities for a level 3 business administrator apprenticeship
The business administration apprenticeship provides a set of highly transferrable skills, knowledge and behaviors that can be applied in all sectors of a business. These values are highly sort after by many departments. Some possible career paths include: Senior Analyst, Corporate Executive, Senior Manager and Sales Manager. The salary of a Sales Manager in London average at £47k, therefore proving to be a exciting career path. However, why just stop there? By improving your knowledge on every aspect of a business, you can become a entrepreneur. A average salary on London for this is £48k, but why limit yourself? Keep improving and you could find yourself with a salary in excess of £120k. Although the money can be a great motivator, its doesn’t always lead to satisfaction. The level 3 business administration apprenticeship provides invaluable skills, so you can live your dreams.
Are you tingling with excitement of the thought of this incredible opportunity? Well, as this is only a level 3 apprenticeship, the entry requirements are relatively low. Most employers will only ask for a level 4 (C) in Math’s and English. If the salary is high, employers may ask for a level 3 qualification, such as A-Levels, but this is rare. The most important aspect to note here is that employers want you to succeed! You will not be judged purely on your background or relevant grades. If you match their ideal employee, you will likely go far. This ensures that no one is left at a disadvantage due to their background.
Duration and Apprenticeship level
The duration of the apprenticeship will range between 12 and 18 months, and is classed as a level 3 apprenticeship for a UK apprentice.
Typical duties of a business administrator apprentice
The primary and most basic role of a business administrator is to ‘support and engage with different parts of the organization and interact with internal and external customers’. With the main focus on adding value, a business administrator ultimately aims to improve efficiency of the organization. Methods may include working across multiple teams, supporting functional areas and resolving issues as requested. In short, main duties include problem solving, improving strategies, meeting goals and making plans. A business administrator will complete these tasks with a high level of efficiency and with a positive attitude. A high level of initiative is also expected to be shown at all times.
Core competencies of a Business administrator apprenticeship
As part of your day to day job, you will complete a variety of duties that will satisfy a number of competencies. Some include:
- Producing accurate records and documents including emails, letters, files, payments, reports and proposals
- Makes effective decisions based on sound reasoning
- Skilled in the use of multiple IT packages relevant to the organization in order to write letters, emails or proposals. Example is MS Office.
- Builds and maintains positive relationships with internal and external customers
- Uses relevant project management principles to scope, plan, monitor and report effectively.
- Taking responsibility for initiating and completing tasks, managing priorities and time in order to successfully meet deadlines.
Desired knowledge and behaviors of a business administrator apprentice
The ideal applicant will be able to effectively understand the organizational purpose, aims, values and visions for the future of the organization. As well as that, they should understand the organizational structure and understand how their work benefits the organization and how they fit into their team.
Demonstrating a great practical knowledge of how to manage different stakeholders and their relationships to the organization is vitally important. Additionally, understanding the laws and regulations that apply to their specific role, including data protection, compliance and health and safety.
The ideal candidate should also understand the organizations processes and why these are carried out, as well as the business principles, such as managing change externally and internally, business finances and project management.
Also, understanding internal policies relating to different sectors and how external factors, such as market forces, may affect the wider business is vitally important.
One of the most important preferred behaviors in a ideal applicant is professionalism. This relates to acting in a professional way with the upmost respect, best possible punctuality and adhering to the organizations code of conduct. However, its important that the candidate additionally shows their own qualities, such as self-motivation, being pro-active and encouraging a positive attitude.
The ideal applicant should also take responsibility for their own work and actions, accept feedback in a positive manor and use initiative with any given task. They should also be able to quickly adapt to changes. These can be internal or external and related to both their own work and the surrounding organization.
For a more in-depth understanding of the desired knowledge and behaviors of the ideal applicant, please visit ‘Business Admin (instituteforapprenticeships.org),
As you can see, the level 3 business administration apprenticeship is a great way to kick start your career for anyone who is looking to become a manager or see themselves in a senior position. The core skills that will be covered in the apprenticeship are sure to set you up for a endless career of opportunities as a UK apprentice. After you complete your apprenticeship, depending on whether you pass or fail (we’re sure you will pass), you will have gained invaluable knowledge, skills and behaviors. So why not give this a go?
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