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Business Apprenticeships

Introduction To Business Apprenticeships
When it comes to Apprenticeships, Business is one of the most popular types of Apprenticeships out there. Whether you are a school leaver who has left after completing GCSEs or you have done A-Levels or other equivalent qualifications and you have decided further full time study is not the route for you, then chances are, you could be considering the idea of Apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships have many advantages. In short, doing Apprenticeships means you will be working in a real job, you will be earning a wage and you will have access to structured training. Sounds great, doesn’t it. And what is even better is the fact that you will be awarded nationally recognised qualifications on completion of each level. Future employers will know you are well trained in the skills they are looking for.

Business Apprenticeships can provide you with a whole range of skills that will equip you to work across different sectors and in various departments of the workplace, too. If you are looking for the type of training that will give you experience of getting to grips with the different nuts, bolts and cogs that come together to make a business successful, then starting on the Business Administration Apprenticeships path could be ideal for you.

Royal Mail


Business Analyst Apprenticeship

In the digital age we are our delivering innovative new solutions to our customers. Are you inquisitive and able to put yourself in the shoes of our customers to understand what it is they need to ensure we deliver the right solution in the IT projects we will run?

If yes, then you could be the Business Analyst apprentice we are looking for!

5 GCSE's graded C (Level 4) or above, including maths and English, and 2 A levels at grade C or above are required for the Level 3 apprenticeship.



Level 6 Business Management Degree Apprenticeship

Deadline: 12th March

This 3 year degree-level apprenticeship will earn you a BA Hons Degree in Chartered Management from Oxford Brookes. The degree will focus on the theory behind a range of business functions, such as Marketing, Finance and Strategic Management.

As an apprentice, you will work full time at Nielsen’s UK Head Office in Oxford, with a allocated days to attend university and study time within working hours.

In order to be eligible to apply for this apprenticeship, you must have or be predicted to achieve 2 A Levels A-C in any subject or a BTEC with Distinction, Merit, Merit (or equivalent), as well as a Level 2/GCSE qualification in both Maths and English.

Civil Service

Locations across the UK

Level 4 Business Fast Track Apprenticeship scheme

This Level 4 higher apprenticeship is a permanent position within a Government department paying a salary of between £19,500 and £27,000.

The 2 year apprenticeship combines work with learning in workshops, online and individual coaching. Opportunities are available in numerous departments including Health, Defence, Justice, Treasury, Energy & Climate Change, and Business, Innovation & Skills.

Entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at minimum grade C or 4, including English Language and Maths.

Career Progression: On completion of the apprenticeship you will be eligible to apply for the Civil Service graduate programme (Fast Stream) or specialise within a department or role.

Atomic Weapons Establishment


Level 3 Finance and Business Management Apprenticeship

Help protect the safety and security of the nation while developing of a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of all aspects of Finance as utilised at AWE.

During your 2 year apprenticeship, you will work towards nationally recognised qualifications. Further sponsorship towards full achievement of chartered status will also be made available.

Entry requirements: 3 A Levels - preferably with a numerical or technical bias.

How Do Business Apprenticeships Work?
Business Administration Apprenticeships mean you will be the all rounder with knowledge of different aspects of the business. Although you will receive the same nationally recognised qualifications, your experience can vary greatly to that of other young people doing the same programme. Depending on your level of experience, you could be working in roles such as:
  • Office junior
  • Data entry jobs
  • Administrative roles
  • Receptionist
  • Secretarial positions
  • Finance
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Human resources
  • Operations
  • Managerial roles
  • Executive roles
As you can see, Business Administration Apprenticeships and future Business Management Apprenticeships will mean you will develop a set of skills that will make you versatile and a valuable member of the team in any business.

The sky’s the limit when it comes to learning about and working in business and it is up to you to decide how far you want to take your career. Intermediate Level 2 Business Administration Apprenticeships are where it all begins but you can work right up to degree level with business degree Apprenticeships. Let’s start at the beginning:

Intermediate Level 2 Business Administration Apprenticeships
Level 2 Business Administration Apprenticeships mean that on successful completion, you will be awarded:
  • Level 2 Diploma In Business Administration
  • Level 2 Technical Certificate In Principles of Business Administration
  • Functional Skills Level 1 in Maths, English and, where required, ICT
  • Employee Rights & Responsibilities
There will be compulsory components but you will also choose a pathway to follow where you will learn skills that are particular to the role you are working in. This Level 2 Apprenticeship takes between 13 and 15 months to complete.

Advanced Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeships
If you want to take your career further and gain more experience in business administration jobs, then, after Level 2, you could opt to move on to a Level 3 Advanced Business Administration Apprenticeship. On successful completion, you will be awarded:
  • Level 3 Diploma In Business Administration
  • Level 3 Technical Certificate In Principles of Business Administration
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths, English and, where required, ICT
  • Employee Rights & Responsibilities
As with Level 2, there will be compulsory components to the Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeships as well as optional pathways relevant to your role. Again, this level will take around 13-15 months to complete.

Level 4 Higher Apprenticeships - Business & Professional Administration
Level 4 Business Higher Apprenticeships are for those of you who are looking to continue up the ladder and work in more senior roles such as team leader, business development executive, PA or office manager. On successful completion of this level for Apprenticeships in Business, you will be awarded:
  • Level 4 Diploma in Business & Professional Administration
  • Level 4 Diploma in Business Administration
Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standards
You might be aware that Apprenticeships are currently undergoing a change and Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standards will soon be available across all trades and professions. These will eventually replace the existing Apprenticeships Framework. Don’t worry, if you are doing Apprenticeships in Business within the Apprenticeships Framework, once the Trailblazer Standards for your role are ready, there will be a transitionary phase and you will continue your qualification and training.
  • Depending on your role, once it is ready for delivery, you could do Level 3 Business Administrator Apprenticeships.
  • There are already Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standards for Team Leader at Level 3.
  • At Level 4, Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard for Junior Management Consultant is also ready for delivery.
Depending on your role and the career route you want to take, your training provider and employer might recommend these Business Apprenticeships to you.

Future Career Development Opportunities After Business Apprenticeships
With business administration jobs and business management jobs, there is huge scope for future career development and, if that is the route you want to take, further qualifications, too. At Level 4 and beyond, there is a range of business administration and business management qualifications that you can take to both broaden and increase your knowledge.

Some business qualifications can take you to Foundation Degree Level whilst there is also scope for business degree Apprenticeships, too.

For Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standards, at Level 5, you could do Operations/Departmental Manager Apprenticeships. These are equivalent to foundation business degree Apprenticeships. At Level 6, this is business degree Apprenticeships level. There are Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standards at Level 6 for Chartered Manager.

Apply for Business Apprenticeships In The UK
So, do you think you could benefit from learning on the job and building your career by doing Business Apprenticeships? As you can see, there is a lot of scope for taking your career in various directions and with Business Apprenticeships available right up to Level 6, the sky’s the limit.

Take a look to see if there are current opportunities to suit you. Whether that’s entry level Business and Administration Apprenticeships at Level 3 or Apprenticeships at a higher level for those of you with experience, you could soon have a foot in the door to a rewarding career.

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