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There are a whole range of Business Apprenticeships available - and if you want to get your foot in the door with a reputable employer to build your career, an apprenticeship is a great way to do this. Business Administration is always widely varied, and allows you to develop a wide range of transferable skills. Up until recently, the only way to get into the Law industry was through university, but this is now a thing of the past! A legal apprenticeship is an excellent way to break into the industry, without the debt obtained from a degree.

If you’ve found the ideal Business Admin & Law job for you there’s just a few things you may want to know about how the application process for these roles usually work...

Your pathway into
the industry

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Always check the entry requirements for these roles, and make sure you have the correct qualifications before applying. A lot of roles within this industry have strict entry requirements - so be mindful!

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Using our CV Builder and helpful CV guide create your skills-based CV. Don’t worry too much - we are here to help if need be.

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Once you have submitted your CV to us one of our Recruitment Resourcers will be in touch to find out what kinds of roles you are after and help fill in any CV gaps if there are any. If you feel confident, there are loads of jobs on our website you can start applying for straight away!

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Now we know what type of role you’re looking for we’ll help you find a position and conduct a mock interview so you feel super prepared for that all important next step. Don’t worry if you can’t find what you’re looking for on our website - our team can point you in the right direction if this is the case.

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If your application is successful and you’re called in for an interview we can provide support in multiple areas, including travel planning, budgeting and more!

Job listings

Receptionist

Job Ref:
VAC-38803
Listing Date:
07.10.2019
Location:
Cherwell
Weekly Wage:
£ 200
Employer:
Lifetime Training
Welcome To Kidlington & Gosford Leisure Centre. Located in the heart of Kidlington we are a leisure centre offering a 25m swimming pool, 50 station gym, functional training room, sports hall, 2 squash courts, and a relaxing sauna and steam room.
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Administrator

Job Ref:
VAC-48763
Listing Date:
07.10.2019
Location:
Tower Hamlets
Weekly Wage:
£ 147
Employer:
Lifetime Training
One of the UK’s leading providers of housing, care and commercial services, Sanctuary Group employs around 11,000 people and manages more than 100,000 units of accommodation throughout England and Scotland, including general rented, retirement living, supported housing, student and key worker accommodation and care homes. Sanctuary also provides a range of other services including maintenance, care and telecare, all of which are delivered by our dedicated employees who are completely committed to customer service. Our award winning Apprenticeship programme offers you a chance to study for a practical qualification while contributing to the success of a fast-paced, constantly evolving organisation.
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Administrator

Job Ref:
VAC-48765
Listing Date:
07.10.2019
Location:
Southwark
Weekly Wage:
£ 147
Employer:
Lifetime Training
One of the UK’s leading providers of housing, care and commercial services, Sanctuary Group employs around 11,000 people and manages more than 100,000 units of accommodation throughout England and Scotland, including general rented, retirement living, supported housing, student and key worker accommodation and care homes. Sanctuary also provides a range of other services including maintenance, care and telecare, all of which are delivered by our dedicated employees who are completely committed to customer service. Our award winning Apprenticeship programme offers you a chance to study for a practical qualification while contributing to the success of a fast-paced, constantly evolving organisation.
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Business Admin Apprentice

Job Ref:
VAC-48665
Listing Date:
07.10.2019
Location:
West Berkshire
Weekly Wage:
£ 150
Employer:
Lifetime Training
We’re a community and mental health trust, providing a wide range of services to people of all ages living in Berkshire. And to do this, we employ over 4,500 staff who operate from our many sites as well as out in people’s homes and in various community settings.
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Administrator

Job Ref:
VAC-48661
Listing Date:
07.10.2019
Location:
Kingston upon Hull, City of
Weekly Wage:
£ 152.25
Employer:
Lifetime Training
One of the UK’s leading providers of housing, care and commercial services, Sanctuary Group employs around 11,000 people and manages more than 100,000 units of accommodation throughout England and Scotland, including general rented, retirement living, supported housing, student and key worker accommodation and care homes. Sanctuary also provides a range of other services including maintenance, care and telecare, all of which are delivered by our dedicated employees who are completely committed to customer service. Our award winning Apprenticeship programme offers you a chance to study for a practical qualification while contributing to the success of a fast-paced, constantly evolving organisation.
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Business Admin Apprentice

Job Ref:
VAC-48612
Listing Date:
07.10.2019
Location:
Sevenoaks
Weekly Wage:
£ 159.9
Employer:
Lifetime Training
We are extremely proud to be leading Orchards Academy which aims to provide a caring yet challenging curriculum and environment in which the talents of each student are nurtured and enabled to flourish. As a small school we quickly develop a strong sense of belonging. This strong sense of community allows students to grow personally and academically as they trust and feel supported by a staff body that knows them well. This results in a calm, orderly and purposeful atmosphere where students enjoy their learning, make good progress and feel safe.
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Business Admin Apprentice

Job Ref:
VAC-46955
Listing Date:
07.10.2019
Location:
Plymouth
Weekly Wage:
£ 146.25
Employer:
Lifetime Training
Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust is a dynamic and challenging environment, which provides acute healthcare for people in Plymouth, South West Devon and South East Cornwall, and has more than 6,500 staff working in its services. The Trust became a teaching hospital with the opening of the Peninsula Medical School, a joint venture with the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter and We are the largest teaching hospital in the South West and have an active commitment to developing and supporting our staff.
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Business Admin Apprentice

Job Ref:
VAC-48086
Listing Date:
07.10.2019
Location:
Plymouth
Weekly Wage:
£ 158.63
Employer:
Lifetime Training
Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust provides mental health and social care services for Kent in partnership with Kent County Council. In Medway, we work closely with the local unitary authority to provide joined-up health and social care services. As one of the larger mental health trusts in the country, we cover an area of 1,450 sq miles and serve 1.7 million people across Kent and Medway. The Trust’s income is £173m with 3,260 staff, plus a further 230 staff seconded from Kent County Council, providing a range of mental health and other specialist services from around 50 sites. Our services are predominantly provided around key urban centres including Maidstone, Medway and Canterbury, but we provide a range of services in community locations, reflecting the urban and rural mix of the area. The Trust has also introduced telemedicine to enhance accessibility.
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Business Admin Apprentice

Job Ref:
VAC-48054
Listing Date:
07.10.2019
Location:
Maidstone
Weekly Wage:
£ 146.25
Employer:
Lifetime Training
Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust provides mental health and social care services for Kent in partnership with Kent County Council. In Medway, we work closely with the local unitary authority to provide joined-up health and social care services. As one of the larger mental health trusts in the country, we cover an area of 1,450 sq miles and serve 1.7 million people across Kent and Medway. The Trust’s income is £173m with 3,260 staff, plus a further 230 staff seconded from Kent County Council, providing a range of mental health and other specialist services from around 50 sites. Our services are predominantly provided around key urban centres including Maidstone, Medway and Canterbury, but we provide a range of services in community locations, reflecting the urban and rural mix of the area. The Trust has also introduced telemedicine to enhance accessibility.
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Business Admin Apprentice

Job Ref:
VAC-48436
Listing Date:
07.10.2019
Location:
Horsham
Weekly Wage:
£ 220
Employer:
Lifetime Training
Sample Logistics is a global company which delivers the utmost professional service to its clients.
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Administrator

Job Ref:
VAC-48272
Listing Date:
07.10.2019
Location:
Westminster
Weekly Wage:
£ 326.82
Employer:
Lifetime Training
The most recognized name in the industry, Hilton stands as the stylish, forward thinking global leader of hospitality. With over 92 years of experience, Hilton continues to be synonymous with hotel because of our innovative approach to products, amenities and service. We help make traveling easier with our smart design, innovative restaurant concepts, authentic hospitality and commitment to the global community.
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Business Admin Apprentice

Job Ref:
VAC-48088
Listing Date:
07.10.2019
Location:
Bristol, City of
Weekly Wage:
£ 211.27
Employer:
Lifetime Training
iConsult provide compliant umbrella solutions to Contractors & Freelancers who prefer the flexibility of contracting with all the rights of being employed.
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Receptionist

Job Ref:
VAC-48980
Listing Date:
07.10.2019
Location:
City of London
Weekly Wage:
£ 202.5
Employer:
Lifetime Training
Whatever your fitness level, we can help you get into the best shape of your life with our winning combination of physiotherapy with tailored personal training, group classes and nutritional support. It works because everything we do is focused on you and getting the results you want – intimidating vibes and fancy lighting are just not our style.
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Receptionist

Job Ref:
VAC-48979
Listing Date:
07.10.2019
Location:
Westminster
Weekly Wage:
£ 135
Employer:
Lifetime Training
Whatever your fitness level, we can help you get into the best shape of your life with our winning combination of physiotherapy with tailored personal training, group classes and nutritional support. It works because everything we do is focused on you and getting the results you want – intimidating vibes and fancy lighting are just not our style.
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Administrator

Job Ref:
VAC-48880
Listing Date:
07.10.2019
Location:
East Cambridgeshire
Weekly Wage:
£ 260
Employer:
Lifetime Training
In 1930, brothers Wallace and Frank Turner bought their first vehicle and began delivering loads from their father’s farm in Soham, Cambridgeshire. Over 80 years on and Turners has grown to be one of the largest and most successful privately owned Transport companies in the United Kingdom operating in excess of 1850 vehicles from 32 sites and employing over 3400 people.
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Administrator

Job Ref:
VAC-48456
Listing Date:
07.10.2019
Location:
Cheshire West and Chester
Weekly Wage:
£ 172.5
Employer:
Lifetime Training
One of the UK’s leading providers of housing, care and commercial services, Sanctuary Group employs around 11,000 people and manages more than 100,000 units of accommodation throughout England and Scotland, including general rented, retirement living, supported housing, student and key worker accommodation and care homes. Sanctuary also provides a range of other services including maintenance, care and telecare, all of which are delivered by our dedicated employees who are completely committed to customer service. Our award winning Apprenticeship programme offers you a chance to study for a practical qualification while contributing to the success of a fast-paced, constantly evolving organisation.
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Administrator

Job Ref:
VAC-48463
Listing Date:
07.10.2019
Location:
South Gloucestershire
Weekly Wage:
£ 182.5
Employer:
Lifetime Training
Redrow is one of the largest and most acclaimed housebuilders in the UK. Over the course of our 40-year history, we have built a reputation for quality in everything we do; from creating beautiful homes that people love to live in, to delivering an outstanding service to each and every customer. Our awards speak for themselves. In 2015, we not only received a five-star customer satisfaction rating from the Home Builders Federation for the fifth year in a row; we were also named Best Large House builder for two consecutive years at the prestigious WhatHouse Awards.
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Business Admin Apprentice

Job Ref:
QA-0039
Listing Date:
09.07.2019
Location:
Manchester
Weekly Wage:
£ 259
Employer:
QA
Interested in one of our apprenticeships but not entirely sure what it entails? Well, as an apprentice you’ll be right in the thick of all the action. It’s a great route into the industry. You’ll get the chance to expand your knowledge by attending college one day a week, while constantly discovering new and exciting things and learning from our industry experts on the job. If you’re an individual that can work independently when appropriate and can demonstrate a positive approach to problem solving, then an apprenticeship is the perfect step for you.
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Apprentice Business Analyst HPE

Job Ref:
QA-0040
Listing Date:
09.07.2019
Location:
Manchester
Weekly Wage:
£ 317
Employer:
QA
Our Apprentice Business Analyst will work closely with our Business Intelligence function. The purpose of this role is to leverage available data, interpret and inform the business of key factors which will enable them to make critical business decisions.
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Strategy, Planning & Operations Apprentice HPE

Job Ref:
QA-0041
Listing Date:
09.07.2019
Location:
Manchester
Weekly Wage:
£ 317
Employer:
QA
We are currently looking for bright and ambitious people to join our Inside Sales organisation as an Apprentice within Strategy Planning and Operations. This is a role which is central to the success of our organisation offering a unique insight into how we drive and develop our business. You will be working with our Inside Sales management and sales teams to ensure customer satisfaction, financial performance and operational excellence.
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Business Administration / Front of House Apprentice

Job Ref:
QA-0042
Listing Date:
09.07.2019
Location:
Newcastle upon Tyne
Weekly Wage:
£ 134
Employer:
QA
Our main Reception is the focal point of the whole office, it is vital that any client, guest or visitor is given a good impression at all times.
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Apprentice Lettings Administrator

Job Ref:
QA-0043
Listing Date:
09.07.2019
Location:
Newcastle upon Tyne
Weekly Wage:
£ 186
Employer:
QA
Currently looking for an Apprentice Administrator. You'll be working within a fantastic branch, within a great team, and you will play a crucial role in the growth and success of the business.
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Licence Renewals & Retentions Apprentice

Job Ref:
QA-0044
Listing Date:
09.07.2019
Location:
North Tyneside
Weekly Wage:
£ 144
Employer:
QA
As one of the UK’s leading IT support, infrastructure, business software and training companies, our Newcastle headquarters allows us to deliver superior Newcastle IT support services throughout the heart of the city and surrounding areas to organisations in the North East.
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Office Junior Apprentice

Job Ref:
QA-0048
Listing Date:
09.07.2019
Location:
Newcastle upon Tyne
Weekly Wage:
£ 136
Employer:
QA
The office Jr undertakes a number of general office administration and reception duties. They work closely with the receptionist and legal secretaries to help maintain a smooth and efficient office. The office Jr is proactive in their work habits and shows high interest and engagement in all tasks delegated to them. They learn quickly and gain valuable experience which enables them to deal develop further within the firm.
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Business Administration / Lettings Negotiator Agent Apprenticeship

Job Ref:
QA-0049
Listing Date:
09.07.2019
Location:
North Tyneside
Weekly Wage:
£ 150
Employer:
QA
Will be responsible for receiving inbound calls and making outbound calls to arrange property valuations. Inbound calls – will be a mixture of clients booking in viewings, valuations and mortgage appointments. Cross selling across all services is crucial to hit individual and team sales targets. Outbound calls – Calling the database that we have to identify opportunities that we have not already captured e.g. booking in market appraisals. We also work on many different marketing schemes such as selling Facebook advertising to existing clients or additional adverts on property portals. Will work in a team of 4/5 people.
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Business Administration Apprenticeship in Law

Job Ref:
QA-0050
Listing Date:
09.07.2019
Location:
Newcastle upon Tyne
Weekly Wage:
£ 146
Employer:
QA
This is a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic, driven and passionate individual to develop key skills which will lead to a rewarding and varied career. The role is for a Business Administration Apprentice. Throughout this role you will be required to greet guests at the office, answer the telephone and put calls through to the relevant person. As well as making and receiving phone calls for senior staff.
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Business Administration Apprentice - Energy Supplier

Job Ref:
QA-0055
Listing Date:
09.07.2019
Location:
Northumberland
Weekly Wage:
£ 250
Employer:
QA
Do you want to work for a business with direction? Here at the Utility Supplier we are looking for something different. We want to produce futures for ambitious, driven people with aspirations to grow. With comprehensive training and support, a multitude of product and services and the best understanding of the customer in the industry. We have created an environment for people to develop at the right pace and add to their skill sets daily whilst earning well and having fun!
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App Support Agent Apprentice

Job Ref:
QA-0023
Listing Date:
09.07.2019
Location:
Wokingham
Weekly Wage:
£ 307 - £346
Employer:
QA
We’re looking for an organised and technically minded individual that carries all the people skills necessary to work in a fast pace and high standard environment.
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Business and Administration Apprentice

Job Ref:
QA-0015
Listing Date:
09.07.2019
Location:
Redbridge
Weekly Wage:
£ 153
Employer:
QA
To provide a range of clerical duties including photocopying, sending faxes, filing, message taking, sorting and distributing post etc. To respond to routine correspondence and enquiries from parents, students, suppliers and other staff. To deal with all contacts effectively, and courteously, in line with the school’s policies and procedures. To organise meetings ensuring that all necessary arrangements are made and papers prepared as necessary. To maintain manual and computerised systems including inputting data, keeping records, statistics, confidential and general filing systems as directed. Confidentiality and sensitivity to be adhered to at all times
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Business Admin Apprentice

Job Ref:
QA-0012
Listing Date:
09.07.2019
Location:
Westminster
Weekly Wage:
£ 230 - £288
Employer:
QA
CityFibre are currently looking to recruit an apprentice administrator to assist the business solutions team in providing the company with properly documented business processes for all functional areas (this will also include project management documentation). The successful candidate will also be involved in providing Business Analysis support to the business solutions team as required.
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Business Admin Apprentice

Job Ref:
QA-0011
Listing Date:
09.07.2019
Location:
Hillingdon
Weekly Wage:
£ 173
Employer:
QA
Our small but growing company is now looking for an enthusiastic Business Administrator. You’ll be reporting to senior manager and working closely with the rest of the team.
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Administration Apprentice

Job Ref:
QA-0010
Listing Date:
09.07.2019
Location:
Southwark
Weekly Wage:
£ 384 - £519
Employer:
QA
This is an office-based role where you’ll be working alongside our customer service team and providing expert bicycle knowledge.
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Receptionist

Job Ref:
VAC-38803-J-003680
Listing Date:
05.07.2019
Location:
Cherwell
Weekly Wage:
£ 200.00
Employer:
Lifetime Training
Kidlington Leisure Centre are looking for a Front of House Apprentice to work towards your Customer Service Level 2. You will be part of the front of house team in a busy leisure centre providing high quality customer service to our members.
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Receptionist

Job Ref:
VAC-44651-J-003686
Listing Date:
05.07.2019
Location:
Windsor and Maidenhead
Weekly Wage:
£ 134.40
Employer:
Lifetime Training
Magnet Leisure Centre are looking for a Front of House Apprentice to work towards your Customer Service Level 2. You will be part of the front of house team in a busy leisure centre providing high quality customer service to our members.
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Reservations Clerk

Job Ref:
VAC-45133-J-003696
Listing Date:
05.07.2019
Location:
Westminster
Weekly Wage:
£ 300.30
Employer:
Lifetime Training
An amazing opportunity to work for one of the most recognisable hotel brands in the world - Hospitality giant, Hilton, is looking for a motivated, passionate individual to join their team as a Reservations Apprentice!
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Receptionist

Job Ref:
VAC-44797-J-003687
Listing Date:
05.07.2019
Location:
Cherwell
Weekly Wage:
£ 97.50
Employer:
Lifetime Training
Bicester Leisure Centre are looking for a Front of House Apprentice to work towards your Customer Service Level 2. You will be part of the front of house team in a busy leisure centre providing high quality customer service to our members.
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Receptionist

Job Ref:
VAC-44582-J-003685
Listing Date:
05.07.2019
Location:
Tewkesbury
Weekly Wage:
£ 156.00
Employer:
Lifetime Training
Tewkesbury Leisure Centre are looking for an enthusiastic Leisure Receptionist Apprentice to work on their busy reception and gain valuable customer service experience along with a Customer Service Practitioner Apprenticeship
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Learning and Development Coordinator

Job Ref:
VAC-46359
Listing Date:
21.06.2019
Location:
Dacorum
Weekly Wage:
£ 295.60
Employer:
Lifetime Training
Do you want a career working for The Sunday Times 5th Best Big Companies in the UK? Bourne Leisure are currently recruiting for a Learning & Development Apprentice.
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Business Admin Apprentice

Job Ref:
VAC-46322
Listing Date:
21.06.2019
Location:
Wirral
Weekly Wage:
£ 156.00
Employer:
Lifetime Training
Do you consider yourself to be a friendly, outgoing person? The Building Repair Network are looking for an enthusiastic individual to join their team as an Apprentice Administration Assistant! the role will be supporting our team who deal with insurance property claims and building repairs. You will enter new instructions from our Clients onto our database and assist in progressing claims, communicating with parties involved over the phone, email and SMS.
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Business Admin Apprentice

Job Ref:
VAC-44828
Listing Date:
21.06.2019
Location:
Horsham
Weekly Wage:
£ 220.00
Employer:
Lifetime Training
Sample Logistics are looking for a Business Admin apprentice to join their team!
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Administration

Job Ref:
VAC-45120
Listing Date:
21.06.2019
Location:
Leeds
Weekly Wage:
£ 140.00
Employer:
Lifetime Training
Somatox is a wellness company that specialise in producing and supplying products and supplements that assist in health, weight loss and dental care.
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Business Admin Apprentice

Job Ref:
VAC-44067
Listing Date:
21.06.2019
Location:
Windsor and Maidenhead
Weekly Wage:
£ 134.40
Employer:
Lifetime Training
Magnet Leisure Centre are looking for an apprentice to work towards their Business Administration Level 2 and work as part of the membership and administration team.
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Administrator

Job Ref:
VAC-44017
Listing Date:
21.06.2019
Location:
Hambleton
Weekly Wage:
£ 166.50
Employer:
Lifetime Training
Glebe House Surgery are looking for an enthusiastic person to join their team as an Apprentice Medical Receptionist
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Business Admin Apprentice

Job Ref:
VAC-35853
Listing Date:
21.06.2019
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent
Weekly Wage:
£ 180.00
Employer:
Lifetime Training
Your role as an office assistant and receptionist will be based in Stoke-on-Trent where you will be providing office support and carrying out duties on the reception. You will receive on-going support and development that will provide you with the skills and knowledge required for a successful career within business administration. If you are a successful candidate for this vacancy, you will be expected to provide an efficient administration service.
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Receptionist

Job Ref:
VAC-44979
Listing Date:
02.05.2019
Location:
Kettering
Weekly Wage:
£ 160.00
Employer:
Lifetime Training
Kettering Leisure Centre are looking for a Front of House Apprentice to work towards your Customer Service Level 2. You will be part of the front of house team in a busy leisure centre providing high quality customer service to our members.
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Receptionist

Job Ref:
VAC-44897
Listing Date:
02.05.2019
Location:
Lewisham
Weekly Wage:
£ 150.00
Employer:
Lifetime Training
1Life Downham Leisure Centre are looking for an enthusiastic and energetic Apprentice Leisure Receptionist to work on a busy reception and gain valuable customer service experience along with a Customer Service Practitioner Apprenticeship Level 2
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Receptionist

Job Ref:
VAC-44442
Listing Date:
02.05.2019
Location:
Wycombe
Weekly Wage:
£ 267.75
Employer:
Lifetime Training
We are now looking for an enthusiastic Reception/Front Desk Apprentice to join our busy team!
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Receptionist

Job Ref:
VAC-44440
Listing Date:
02.05.2019
Location:
Wokingham
Weekly Wage:
£ 267.75
Employer:
Lifetime Training
We are now looking for an enthusiastic Reception/Front Desk Apprentice to join our busy team!
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Receptionist

Job Ref:
VAC-44123
Listing Date:
02.05.2019
Location:
Rushcliffe
Weekly Wage:
£ 124.80
Employer:
Lifetime Training
Keyworth Leisure Centre are looking for a Front of House Apprentice to work towards your Customer Service Level 2. You will be part of the front of house team in a busy leisure centre providing high quality customer service to our members.
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Receptionist

Job Ref:
VAC-43253
Listing Date:
02.05.2019
Location:
Tunbridge Wells
Weekly Wage:
£ 120.00
Employer:
Lifetime Training
Do you consider yourself a well organised, motivated person? Rowan Tree Surgery are looking for an enthusiastic individual to join there team as an Apprentice Administrator!
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Required Skills & Qualifications

Entry requirements vary, depending on the level of apprenticeship you want to apply for, so always check the job description. Work experience isn’t necessary, but any form of experience on your CV that shows vital communication and organisational skills is a benefit!

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Personal Assistant

Myth busting

Personal Assistants are an integral part of the day to day running of a business. Many people think they are just grabbing coffees and lunch - but this couldn’t be further from the truth! Personal Assistants work closely on a one on one basis with senior members of staff, and there’s a whole lot of responsibility involved. A PA can be tasked with overseeing a range of activities, including project and event management! If you have excellent organisational and communication skills, and enjoy a varied role, then this is a definitely a role to consider.

Senior PA’s can earn anything between £35k and £40k p/a.
Job Role Progression: • Junior personal assistant
• Personal assistant
• Senior personal assistant
• Executive assistant
• Personal Assistant Manager

Finer Details

This is a widely varied role with excellent benefits, the chance to travel the world, and the opportunity to have hands on involvement with some high profile projects!
Main responsibilities might include:
• Organise & scheduling meetings
• Project & event coordination
• Liaise with other colleagues on behalf of your manager
• Answer & screen calls
• Prepare and deliver reports

The good points...

There are excellent career progression pathways, the opportunity to travel, and gain new skills! Many PA’s have the opportunity for personal development through attending company courses.

... and the bad

Work as a Personal Assistant can be particularly demanding, as you have to be available to work within your manager's schedule. This could involve working some evenings and weekends, for example, if there is a particular event you must attend.

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Administrator

Myth busting

Are you highly organised and prefer to keep to a schedule? From booking dinners, and having set plans for trips away, if you like order in your life then a role in Administration might be one to consider. Administrative roles give you the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, as they provide the ability to carry out a varied range of tasks on a daily basis. It goes without saying - time management, organisational skills and attention to detail are a must!

A Senior Administrator can earn around £25k p/a
Job Progression: • Administration assistant
• Administrator
• Senior Administrator
• Office Manager

Finer Details

Working hours are usually standard office hours, however there’s lots of opportunity for part-time and flexible roles.

Main responsibilities may include:
• Managing diaries.
• Answering phones.
• Directing queries.
• Ordering stock & supplies.
• Filing.

The good points...

This is a highly structured role, allowing you to carry out a wide range of tasks. Administrative roles are great for developing a range of skills. You also liaise with multiple departments, so it’s great if you like working with a wide range of people and would like an insight into a range of departments.

... and the bad

Starting salaries don’t tend to be that high, however, progression opportunities allow you to climb the monetary ladder. You will find that you’re mainly doing the same set of tasks, so some people could find the job to be repetitive.

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Paralegal

Myth busting

Paralegal roles are a perfect way to get into the law industry, without a university degree. While you may not be a fully qualified solicitor, you will still be involved in a huge amount of legal work, and will therefore have to have the necessary skills and knowledge to do so. Paralegals mainly support lawyers in their work, and can even specialise in a particular branch of the law, such as criminal, corporate, and so on.

Experienced Paralegals can earn around £30k p/a.
Job Progression: • Legal Assistant
• Paralegal Specialist
• Law Paralegal

Finer Details

Paralegals are usually office based and work standard office hours. However, you may be required to attend meetings/court hearings, or work additional hours to meet deadlines.

Main Responsibilities Can Include:
• Interviewing clients and passing on relevant information.
• Assisting lawyers in preparing for court cases.
• Drafting documents and letters.
• Handling client caseloads.
• Administrative duties.

The good points...

Work is always busy and extremely varied, so there’s very little chance of you being bored on the job. It’s also a great way to get into the legal industry without having to do the years of studying - perfect if you are keen to get straight into work.

... and the bad

This can be a highly pressured role, especially if you have a high caseload! You may also be required to work longer hours with little or no notice, which can eat into your social life.

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Secretary

Myth busting

Originally, Secretarial roles were usually quite mundane, and mainly involved typing and filing. Nowadays however, secretaries are expected to be far more skilled and juggle a busier workload. Secretarial roles can be based in a variety of sectors, including legal and financial institutions, insurance firms, and more.

A senior Secretary can earn around £50k p/a
Job Progression: • Junior secretary
• Senior secretary
• Industry specialist secretary

Finer Details

Secretaries will usually work a 40 hour week, however, you will have to prepare to be flexible and work longer hours when deadlines need to be met.

Main Responsibilities May Include:
• Scheduling meetings & appointments.
• Taking meeting minutes.
• Answering phones.
• Organising guest travel arrangements.
• Responding to emails.

The good points...

Secretary salaries are usually quite attractive, and there are always solid progression opportunities. You’re also given the chance to work alongside industry professionals and develop a wide range of skills that are relevant to your chosen industry.

... and the bad

There’s a lot of paperwork and structure involved in secretarial roles. If you like to have a more varied role, you might find secretarial work slightly repetitive. Some people also feel like the role doesn’t provide enough opportunity for a lot of responsibility.

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Solicitor

Myth busting

When you think of the legal industry, the first job role that springs to mind is that of a Solicitor. Traditionally, you could only there was only one route you could take - School, A levels, and then University. Nowadays however, you can even use apprenticeships as a stepping stone between school and university - giving you crucial qualifications and invaluable work experience. Do not be fooled though - a legal apprenticeship isn’t the “easier option”, as there’s still lots of work involved, and law firms will only take on exceptional individuals. So make sure you show them why they should choose you!

Solicitors who reach Partner level can expect to earn between up to £100k p/a!
Job Progression: • Trainee solicitor
• Qualified solicitor
• Practice Partner

Finer Details

While Solicitors do earn very attractive salaries, they definitely have to work for them! You will be expected to work longer hours if you have a heavy caseload - so motivation is a must.

Main Responsibilities May Include:
• Giving legal advice.
• Researching cases.
• Representing clients in court.
• Drafting legal documents.
• Liaising with clients.

The good points...

Being a Solicitor is a highly rewarding role, and you can find yourself working with people from all over the world! If you have clients based overseas, there’s loads of opportunity for travel involved. No day will be the same and you will face new challenges, and the salary is pretty great too.

... and the bad

Solicitors are always busy, and this can get worse with deadlines and court cases approaching. This role isn’t for the faint hearted - if you can’t perform under pressure, then you should look elsewhere. Working with clients overseas can also mean you have to coincide with their working hours, meaning you may find yourself in the office until the early hours of the morning!

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Clerk

Myth busting

The role of a clerk is far from a boring desk job, and is an important role for any organisation. They work behind the screens to keep things organised and ticking over. Clerks can be known as a variety of names, such as clerical workers or clerical assistants. Whatever the name, you will be supporting the management of administration tasks within an organisation.

Clerks can earn around £24k p/a, with higher salaries in London or specialist positions, such as legal clerk.
Job Progression: • Clerk
• Senior Clerk
• Office Manager

Finer Details

This is mainly a desk based role with usual 9-5 office hours. During busier periods, you may be expected to stay later.

Responsibilities:
• Filing
• Information gathering
• Sorting post
• Updating databases
• Supporting reception desk

The good points...

Clerk positions are available in a wide range of businesses across almost any industry, from the private sector to local government. Many roles also have a lot of scope for flexibility.

... and the bad

This role can be very admin heavy and involve a lot of repetitive tasks.

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HR Manager

Myth busting

HR managers are a crucial role in any organisation, and oversee the recruitment, onboarding and ongoing support of employees. They can heavily influence a company’s culture and the way people perform. They must have a clear understanding of the law (particularly employment law), be strong communicators and have the ability to work with a wide range of people.

The average salary for a HR manager is around £50k p/a.
Job Progression: • HR Administrator
• HR Advisor
• HR Manager
• Head of HR
• HR Director

Finer Details

HR managers will usually work 9-5, Monday-Friday. However they may be required to stay later/start earlier to conduct interviews or if any important issues arrive with staff members.

Responsibilities:
• Handling employment relations issues such as grievances and employee welfare.
• Leading the recruitment process, including selection and interviewing of candidates.
• Leading new starter company inductions.
• Overseeing staff attendance and absence monitoring.
• Providing detailed HR reports to senior management teams.

The good points...

The role of a HR manager can be highly rewarding, and gives you the opportunity to see individuals really grow and excel in their careers. You will also get to work and liaise with people in all departments of the organisation, so is great for sociable people!

... and the bad

This role can be quite stressful and come with a lot of pressure, as you can find yourself dealing with a lot of issues that deal directly with staff members.

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Operations Manager

Myth busting

An operations manager is a varied role, that involves overseeing day to day activities that ensure an organisation is running as well as it possibly can. Responsibilities vary between different companies, but generally it includes monitoring and analysing the current system of production or provision to check it’s effective, and working out a strategy for improving if necessary.

An operations manager with experience can earn around £55k p/a.
Job Progression: • Operations Analyst
• Operations Manager
• Chief of Operations

Finer Details

Most operations managers work full-time doing standard office hours, but overtime during evenings and at weekends may be necessary, especially during big projects or periods of change.

Responsibilities:
• Planning and controlling change.
• Managing quality assurance programmes.
• Researching new technologies and alternative methods of efficiency.
• Setting and reviewing budgets and managing cost.
• Overseeing inventory, distribution of goods and facility layout.

The good points...

It’s a relatively secure career as the job is important and in demand, so you’re likely to find work and be highly respected if you choose this career. You will also gain a varied range of skills that can be transferred across a wide range of industries.

... and the bad

There’s a lot of responsibility and that means intense pressure to perform well every day. An operations manager’s work is critical to the success of an organisation, so it can be stressful.

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Project Manager

Myth busting

Understandably, Project Managers are crucial in organising and overseeing all elements of a job. They will be involved in the initial development of an idea, hiring the staff needed to carry out the work, and generally ensuring that a project runs smoothly. The role can involve working on a variety of public sector related projects, and while each project may change, your role and responsibilities within it will not.

Project managers can earn around £50k p/a, with salaries increasing depending on the scale of the project.
Job Progression: • Project Assistant
• Project Co-ordinator
• Project Manager
• Head of Projects

Finer Details

As a project manager, deadlines can set your working hours, but typically you’ll be working the regular 9-5 on weekdays. Because every project is different, your working environments will change, and can involve a lot of travel.

Responsibilities:
• Ensure the project is maintained and to a good standard.
• Write up reports.
• Making budget estimates.
• Risk analysis.
• Hire specialised staff.

The good points...

It’s a job full of job satisfaction. You’ve managed to organise a team, conquer any troubles along the way, and end up with a finished product to be proud of.

... and the bad

The team won’t always want to co-operate. From work-shy colleagues to people who constantly turn up an hour late, you’ll be dealing with them all. Plus if the project is a disaster, you’ll be in the firing line.

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Receptionist

Myth busting

Receptionists aren’t just required to meet and greet callers and visitors, they also need to know everything that’s going on in an organisation. From knowing which important meetings will be taking place to coordinating deliveries and organising travel arrangements for staff, receptionists need to know it all. You can also be considered the face of the company, due to being the first person that clients and employees see.

Senior receptionists can earn around £25k p/a.
Job Progression: • Receptionist
• Front Desk Manager

Finer Details

This is a heavily desk based role, due to the reception needing to be supervised at all times. You may be required to start slightly earlier and finish slightly later that other staff members, to ensure that there is always someone around to greet guests.

Responsibilities:
• Booking meetings.
• Arranging couriers.
• Screening phone calls.
• Sorting and distributing post.
• Meeting and greeting clients.

The good points...

It’s a highly sociable role, allowing you to work with people across all departments within an organisation.

... and the bad

When working for larger organisations, there can be a lot of demanding staff to deal with. Receptionists have to have the ability to remain calm under pressure, to ensure that employee needs are met.