Fast Track Apprenticeship: Business
The business role is often to support collaboration and help bring teams together.
Business roles are at the core of the work the Civil Service does and the business apprenticeship scheme offers a wide variety of posts across the organisation.
You’ll be working within an exciting and fast-paced environment and have the opportunity to develop valuable skills in organisation, planning and problem-solving.
This is a two-year Level 4 higher apprenticeship with a salary between £19,500 and £27,000 (£22,000 minimum in London).
Follow a day in the life of Conor on the business scheme in this 2 and a half minute video.
What you’ll do
Teamwork and collaboration are essential in all business areas. Often the role of a business apprentice is to support this collaboration and help bring teams together. For example, you could be organising meetings or managing communications. A significant number of the business apprentice roles are also dynamic and customer-facing.
Your role could include:
- work coach at the Department for Work and Pensions
- paralegal officer at the Crown Prosecution Service
- corporate support officer
- HR officer
- policy adviser
- diary manager
- project and programme support officer
What you’ll learn
The business apprenticeship involves a blended approach to learning, with a combination of facilitated learning in workshops, digital delivery and one-to-one coaching support.
The qualification has 2 main components*:
- Level 4 Diploma in Business and Professional Administration
- NVQ Diploma in Business and Administration
Learning will take place on the job and in various locations across the UK.
The learning programme includes managing projects, encouraging learning and development and managing business risk.
Whilst you’ll get some study leave you’ll also be expected to study a lot in your own time, particularly around exam time and when you have assignments and portfolio evidence to submit.
*please note, this is subject to change when the relevant standard is signed off.
Where you’ll work
In 2017, the business apprenticeship scheme will be running in the following locations:
- East Kilbride
- St Austell
Depending on the location you choose, you could be working in the following government departments or agencies:
- Home Office
- Department for Health
- Cabinet Office
- Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
- Department for Communities and Local Government
- Her Majesty’s Treasury
- Ministry of Justice
- Ministry of Defence
- Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
- Department for Energy and Climate Change
- Department for Work and Pensions
What we’re looking for
We want people with good skills in communication, problem-solving and organisation. You’ll also develop these skills throughout the apprenticeship.
We’re looking for apprentices who:
- have a real interest in the way an organisation operates
- have a desire to help the organisation achieve its objectives as effectively as possible
- recognise how the work they do contributes to providing a vital service to the public
- are keen to reflect on their performance, and learn and improve
- support others in their workplace to do the same
You’ll need 5 GCSEs at grade C and above, or the new grade 4 and above, including English Language and Maths, or equivalent. (Or expect to have these qualifications by 31 August 2017.)
You’ll also need to check you meet the general entry requirements, such as age, nationality and residency.
After the apprenticeship
There are many different and varied career pathways for business apprentices, due to the diversity and breadth of the business apprenticeship scheme.
You may decide to specialise in a particular profession, such as policy, human resources, operational delivery or corporate support. Some business apprentices have gone on to gain further professional accreditation in these areas, or moved to different roles in other departments to develop their expertise. Many apprentices achieve promotion within their departments, and some move on to other departmental talent schemes to further accelerate their careers.
Once you’ve successfully completed your apprenticeship, you’ll be eligible to apply without a degree for the Fast Stream. This is the Civil Service’s prestigious graduate development programme which prepares participants for leadership roles within the organisation.
Applications are now closed
You can register your interest to get updates for when our next application window will open.