It’s time to get down to an apprenticeship

Careers in business and administration are probably the most identifiable—we’ll all know someone who works in an office and does a 9am to 5pm day. The reason they are so prevalent is that they are so important, helping to keep businesses running efficiently and profitably, and keep staff and customers happy.

Administration is a popular one, with many jobs at entry level. Administrators do a bit of everything: they deal with internal and external correspondence; type up letters, agendas and reports; send emails and faxes; answer phone calls, and much more. It’s no wonder that many upper-level staff members rely on the assistance of administrators to do their jobs.

It doesn’t stop there though. From recruitment to law, apprenticeships are available to train the legion of skilled workers needed to keep UK businesses secure, productive and at the forefront of the economy.

If you fancy entering the legal world, you can train to become a solicitor at the degree apprenticeship level, or a chartered legal executive, on an apprenticeship programme, and there are also opportunities available in conveyancing, human resources, project management and much more.

In total, there are 42 apprenticeships within business and administration. New for this year is the business-to-business sales professional degree apprenticeship, which will teach you how to lead on long term, complex propositions, such as multiple pricing options or dealing with procurement specialists. There is also the senior leader master’s degree apprenticeship, for those budding CEOs who want to lead Fortune 500 companies.

Of course, most jobs in this sector are office-based with a typical 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday working week, but so-called ‘flexible working’ means that this isn’t the case at every employer, and don’t forget about dress-down Fridays.

Interests and skills

Consider a career in business and administration if you would enjoy working an office and using IT. Jobs can be highly technical or reliant on people skills, meaning that there will be roles for introverts and extroverts alike.

School subjects

The school subjects that may prepare you for an apprenticeship in business and administration include:

  • Business studies
  • ICT
  • English
  • Maths
Further reading

To find out more about apprenticeships in business and administration, visit:


Specialist legal services

“Working in commercial litigation, debt recovery and insolvency or personal injury, supporting solicitors and barristers” The legal workforce is varied

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“Progressing legal matters and transactions, and applying legal knowledge and commercial judgement to produce solutions that meet clients’ needs” The

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Senior leader

“A leader who has senior management responsibility” A senior leader has management responsibility within a public or private organisation, likely

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Regulatory compliance officer

“The regulatory compliance officer performs regulatory services functions and supports compliance activities” Well designed and enforced regulation plays a vital

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Recruitment resourcer

  “A recruitment resourcer identifies, attracts and shortlists candidates for the recruitment process to fulfil the requirements of the business

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Recruitment consultant

“The recruitment consultant attracts candidates and matches them to temporary or permanent job positions within new and existing client companies”

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“As a recruitment apprentice, you will source and place candidates for employers” Effective recruitment ensures that organisations have the right

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Property maintenance operative

“A property maintenance operative ensures that buildings are in a safe working condition” The primary role of a property maintenance

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Project manager

“Project management apprentices learn to deliver projects and take on responsibility for end-to-end delivery” As a project management apprentice, you’ll

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Project management

“Project management involves overseeing complex and challenging projects from inception to completion” Successful project delivery is at the heart of

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Payroll administrator

“Setting up and operating the payroll within the organisation in which you’re employed or on behalf of another organisation” In

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“A paralegal provides legal support, including administrative tasks, carrying out research, and drafting legal documents and forms” The paralegal apprenticeship

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Operations/departmental manager

“Manager of teams and projects in line with a private, public or voluntary organisation’s operational or departmental strategy” An operations

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Operations and quality improvement

“Operations and quality improvement involves working to remove anything from a business that does not add value for the customer”

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“Overseeing employees or departments to make sure they carry out assigned duties as required” Management and leadership skills have a

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Licensed conveyancer

“A conveyancer is responsible for legal matters relating to the transfer of ownership of land or property, managing client portfolios

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“As a librarian, managing access to information, resources, materials and facilities” The profession, once known as ‘librarianship’, has taken on

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Learning and development practitioner

“Identifying learning and training needs, designing and sourcing training and learning solutions, delivering and evaluating training” The learning and development practitioner

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Learning and development consultant/business partner

“Ensuring learning and development contributes to improved performance in the workplace at an individual, team and organisation level” A specialist

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Learning and development

“Engaging in training and development of people of all levels” This apprenticeship is for those with an interest in and

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Junior management consultant

“Provide business advice to public, private and not-for-profit organisations” Management consultants provide business advice to public, private and not-for-profit organisations,

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Junior estate agent

“Working in different areas of an estate agent, completing tasks such as arranging viewings and accompanying colleagues on site visits

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Internal audit professional

“Providing independent, objective assurance and consulting activity to add value and improve an organisation’s operations” Internal audit professionals are recognised

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Internal audit practitioner

“Using a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes” The role

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Improvement technician

“Responsible for delivery and coaching of improvement activity within an area of responsibility” Improvement technicians are responsible for the delivery

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Improvement practitioner

“Identify and lead the delivery of change across organisational functions and processes” Improvement practitioners use a blend of lean and

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HR support

“Handling day-to-day queries and providing HR advice ranging from recruitment through to retirement” HR professionals employed in a support capacity

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HR consultant/partner

“Providing HR expertise within a company or organisation” In this role, which is interchangeably referred to a consultant or business partner,

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General legal services

“Supporting solicitors and barristers by carrying out legal work” The general legal workforce is varied and ranges from those working

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Event assistant

“Working in an events company or events department in an organisation, helping event planners and project managers to organise and

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Commercial procurement and supply

“Buying the goods and services that enable an organisation to operate” The work of procurement and supply professionals includes the

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Business-to-business sales professional

“Delivering value to business customers” Business-to-business sales is multi-faceted. It involves leading on long-term, complex propositions, such as multiple pricing

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Business administrator

“Supporting and engaging with different parts of the organisation and interact with internal or external customers” The business administrator is required

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Associate project manager

“Managing project work and teams for businesses and other organisations” Every project, large or small, needs to be managed to

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Business administration

“Ensuring a business runs smoothly and efficiently” Business administration is about handling the day-to-day tasks in an office and making sure

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Chartered legal executive

“Providing legal services to clients and colleagues” The chartered legal executive is a recent innovation in the legal sector, offering

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Chartered manager

“Taking responsibility for long-term organisational success through the management of people, projects, operations or services” The chartered manager apprenticeship is

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Conveyancing technician

“Supporting licensed conveyancers with legal matters relating to the transfer of ownership of land or property” Conveyancing technicians work under

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HR management

“Recruiting and training people to develop as employees” HR covers a wide range of interconnected activities, but essentially it is

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