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Administration Apprentice

Employer
Essex County Council
Location
England, Essex, Chelmsford
Salary
Up to £12348 per annum
Closing date
9 May 2024

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Sector
Corporate Services, Administration
Job role
Officer
Contract Type
Contract

Administration Apprentice

Fixed Term, Full Time

£12,348 per annum rising to £22,072 per annum on the second year

Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: Fixed-base worker

Closing Date: 9th May 2024

Are you looking to take first steps in a career in Business Administration and have a keen interest in creating and developing continuing professional development programmes? Would you love to work alongside a supportive, friendly, welcoming and high achieving team? This could be the opportunity you are looking for!

We have TWO Administration Apprentice opportunities available within our Essex Social Care Academy (ESCA) at our Chelmsford office.

We welcome applications from individuals with a Learning Difficulty or Disability, Autism or an additional need.

Benefits:

  • Healthy work life balance; flexible and hybrid working options
  • Wide range of learning and development opportunities
  • IT equipment and home-working equipment supplied
  • 26 days annual leave + bank holidays + choice to buy extra
  • Generous Local Government Salary related pension scheme
  • Access to hundreds of discounts and benefits through Essex Rewards
  • Access to our health and wellbeing support platform with LifeWorks
  • Disability Confident Leader: we are committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job
  • Up to 4 days per annum volunteering leave
  • National Apprenticeship Wage for the first 12 months of your Apprenticeship. After 12 months of service, your salary will increase to the National Living Wage (currently £22,072 per annum as of 01 April 2024)
  • A Business Administrator Level 3 qualification via Adult Community Learning (ACL)

Whilst undertaking an apprenticeship within Essex County Council (ECC), you can expect to be supported from your first day. You'll be invited to attend a specific onboarding event, have access to exclusive training material via My Learning platform, enrolled in the apprenticeship channel alongside colleagues on similar paths, invited to frequent gatherings, and offered peer-to-peer guidance. Additionally, you will have the chance to showcase your apprenticeship experience to external audiences. Apprenticeships are a valued career pathway to achieving your ambitions within Essex County Council, whilst gaining a qualification.

Our Level 3 apprenticeship is an advanced apprenticeship - it is the equivalent to two A Levels or T Level. These apprenticeships are a fantastic steppingstone into your preferred career. You'll work under the guidance of experienced professionals to develop a solid foundation in you chosen profession, while also contributing to the overall goals and objectives of the Essex County Council.

There is every opportunity to progress to further roles and training within Essex County Council. You will have the chance to put forward your ideas, grow your skillset and collaborate with an innovative team in a collaborative environment.

What our apprentices say:

"ESCA is a fabulous team to work in; the team are extremely welcoming & friendly. I have been introduced to so many new and exciting opportunities to work on as well as developing my interpersonal skills - my confidence has grown tremendously over the past year I have been here."

"I love the apprenticeship process as you're getting paid as you learn. I have been able to make good connections with other employees and really good relationships throughout my journey so far. It's a great starting point to anyone who hasn't got a clear idea of what work they would like to pursue. Also, the apprenticeship allowed me to try multiple different types of jobs when opportunities came up, so I was able to see what I liked, and I was good at."

The Role:

ECC is looking for two motivated and enthusiastic individuals to join our team as an Apprentice within the Essex Social Care Academy (ESCA).

Essex County Council is achieving transformational change across Social Care, underpinned by delivery of high quality practice and a culture of collaboration, integrity and compassion. Development of a professional, knowledgeable and skilled workforce is central to achieving practice improvement and driving change; delivered by a joint ESCA service which meets the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) needs of both professional areas.

The ESCA Apprentice role will provide administrative support to the wider ESCA Team working closely with the ESCA Development Assistants across Children and Families, with the opportunity to learn about how the team supports continuing professional development across both workforces. The role will shadow team members to understand different activities and roles of the wider ESCA Team. The role will include some contact with external bodies, partners and professionals working in the Social Care field.

The role will be extremely rewarding if you have an interest in office administration, enjoy helping people and being part of a busy team in a challenging role and as an entry point, for someone considering a career in Administration, Local Government or Social Care. ECC highly values its apprentices and successful candidates will be encouraged to develop and in time progress within the organisation, with over 85% securing permanent roles during their apprenticeship.

This position provides the work-based experience to compliment the learning-based elements of the Apprenticeship Framework and will offer you a supportive environment in which to gain a wealth of experience and transferable skills such as IT systems, organisational skills, effective teamwork and communication.

About You:

You will be:

  • Educated to RQF level 2 (GCSE) or equivalent by experience
  • Ability to develop skills and knowledge within role
  • Evidence of previous experience of working with others in a team setting
  • Experience of working within an office environment is desirable
  • Experience of using MS office and other IT systems
  • Good communication, both verbal and written and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage with others and build rapport

Essential Requirements for the role:

  • Functional Skills Level 1 in Maths and English (or equivalent), which is a Grade D/E or 2/3 to begin the apprenticeship
  • Ability to reach a Level 2 Functional Skills in both Maths & English by the End Point Assessment (EPA), if you do not already have this
  • Have the right to work and study in England
  • Have been ordinarily resident in the UK or EEA for three years before the apprenticeship start date

What will you be doing?

You will assist with the delivery of routine administrative tasks, dealing with day-to-day work including (but not limited to):

  • Contribute to the delivery of the ESCA Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme for Children and Families to support the coordination of the ESCA CPD programme
  • Support the organisation of events, to ensure professional delivery of lectures, workshops and conferences in support of the development of the Social Care workforce
  • Contribute to project planning and monitoring to deliver information across the service detailing progress and highlighting any issues
  • Contribute to budgetary management processes to support financial monitoring and controls
  • Contribute to data tracking and monitoring processes to support the Quality Assurance activity undertaken in the team
  • Provides general administration support, including ESCA library, file management, meeting room bookings, capturing actions from team meetings and site review meetings
  • Monitors the team generic email account to identify and distribute urgent and routine correspondence
  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework

Why Essex?

Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England's oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest - Basildon and Harlow - are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We are committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you need any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We are also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

To read more about us please visit:

Children and Families: Children and Families

Entry to Work: Entry to Work

How to apply

Seize the day! Discover your future in Business Administration by clicking the APPLY button now!

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription, and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

Additional Information:

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If you have queries on this role or require further information, please email: work.placements@essex.gov.uk

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