Business Apprenticeships

Business Apprenticeships – What you need to know and how to apply for the right one for you

Kick start your career with business Apprenticeships where you’ll be working within a huge industry which is assured to offer you exciting and lucrative opportunities. The Business industry is so broad and the skills and experience you gain are transferable to many other industries, every industry needs business and administration staff to get things done.

What do business Apprenticeships involve?

Business Apprenticeships are so diverse you could be working in a broad range of roles and industries it all depends on what environment you’re looking to forge a career in. Business Apprenticeships will provide you with on the job training combined with study time where you’ll be working towards a professional qualification and gaining skills, knowledge and experience. Every day is different in business, one day you could be preparing a report, answering phone calls and the next you’ll be taking minutes or update your companies website.

What business Apprenticeships are available to you?

Business Apprenticeships are available at intermediate all the way up to degree level, they are definitely a credible alternative to university.

Ploy White, a business and administrator (level 3) explains “I would definitely recommend Apprenticeships to other people. If you think that Apprenticeships are only for trades people, cheap labour or just making tea and coffee, you are very much mistaken. If you want to learn from practical experience, mistakes and successes and you are tired of sitting and learning about theory then an Apprenticeship is for you.”

Read the full article at Somerset Live.

Let’s take a look at a handful of business roles you can do as an apprentice:

Administrator/Business Support – As an administrator/business support you’ll provide adequate support to other members of the team, undertake admin duties such as answering calls, booking travel/hotel/appointments, reply to emails, stock take and order new when required and greet customers in a friendly manner.

Receptionist – As a receptionist your daily duties will typically involve welcoming customers, assisting with any questions they may have both in person and over the phone/email, keep the office tidy and logging arrival into a booking system.

Office Supervisor – An office supervisor Apprenticeship will require you to distribute work between colleagues, plan and supervise tasks, budget and help team members.

Personal Assistant – As a personal assistant you’ll deal with phone calls and correspondence, manage diaries, book appointments, transport and accommodation, manage filing systems and scan/fax documents.

Business Development Executive – Business development executives will work within a sales environment where you’ll generate business leads and follow up, build relationships, establish needs of a client, demonstrate products to clients, research the market and develop new business via selling.

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Secretary – As a secretary, you’ll undertake a wide range of clerical duties and help keep the business running smoothly. Tasks can include writing reports, answering/making calls and emails, filing, managing databases, logging bills and expenses. You could work in a wide range of environments such as medical or legal services and many more.

Skills needed for Business Apprenticeships

Are you organised? Do you have excellent communication skills? Are you able to work well under pressure? These are all attributes of effective business staff. Business Apprenticeships require you to understand and use technological tools such as online schedulers to Word Press, databases and Microsoft packages such as office, excel. You’ll also need to print, fax and scan. Additionally, you’ll need to solve problems in an effective way. Don’t worry if you don’t currently possess these skills, you’ll acquire them through an Apprenticeship.

Business Apprenticeship Frameworks

The following frameworks are currently set for business Apprenticeships:

  • Business and Professional Administration – Level 4
  • Trade Business Services – Level 2
  • Business Administration – Level 2, 3
  • Management – Level 4, 5
  • Recruitment – Level 2, 3, 4
  • Contact Centre Operations – Level 2, 3
  • Events and Promotion – Level 2, 3
  • Public Relations – Level 4
  • Sales – Level 2, 3
  • Marketing – Level 2, 3
  • Leadership and Management – Level 5

The reality that frameworks don’t always work will see the introduction of standards and all framework will be removed by 2020.

Business Apprenticeship Standards

A wide range of standards have been developed in business. Here is a list of business Apprenticeship standards that have been approved for delivery:

  • Associate Project Management – Level 4
  • Business Administrator – Level 3
  • Chartered Manager Degree – Level 6

  • Dental Practice Manager – Level 4
  • HR Consultant/ Partner – Level 5
  • HR Support – Level 3
  • Junior Management Consultant – Level 4
  • Leisure Duty Manager – Level 3
  • Operations/Departmental Manager – Level 5
  • Policy Officer – Level 4
  • Public Service Operational Delivery Officer – Level 3
  • Recruitment Consultant – Level 3
  • Recruitment Resourcer – Level 2
  • School Business Professional – Level 4
  • Team Leader/Supervisor – Level 3

The following business Apprenticeship standards are currently being developed and waiting for approval:

  • Career Development Professional – Level 6
  • Learning and Development Consultant – Level 5
  • Learning and Development Practitioner – Level 3
  • Leisure Team Member – Level 2
  • Government Revenues and Benefits – Level 4
  • Project Manager Degree – Level 6
  • Regulatory Compliance Officer – Level 4
  • Senior Leader – Level 7
  • Voluntary and Community Sector Worker

Visit the Institute for Apprenticeships for more information.

Applying for a Business Apprenticeship

If you’re looking to kick start your career in a business role check out the Careermap website to find a wide range of opportunities in the business industry. Business Apprenticeships are a great way to gain an invaluable skills, nationally recognised qualifications and the experience to succeed in future career prospects.


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