Business administrators have a highly transferable set of knowledge, skills and behaviours that can be applied in all sectors. This includes small and large businesses alike. The role may involve working independently or as part of a team and entails developing, implementing, maintaining and improving administrative services. Business administrators develop key skills and behaviours to support their own progression towards management responsibilities.
The responsibilities of the role are to support and engage with different parts of the organisation and to interact with internal or external customers. With a focus on adding value, the role of the business administrator contributes to the efficiency of an organisation through support of functional areas, working across teams and resolving issues as requested. The flexibility and responsiveness required allows the apprentice to develop a wide range of skills.
The business administrator is expected to meet their responsibilities efficiently and with integrity - showing a positive attitude. The role involves demonstrating strong communication skills (both written and verbal) and adopting a proactive approach to developing skills. The business administrator is also expected to show initiative, the capacity to manage priorities and their own time, problem-solving skills, decision-making skills and the potential to take on people management responsibilities through mentoring or coaching others.
You need grades A-C (9-4) at GCSE or equivalent work experience.
End Point Assessment involves three elements, all of which may be completed online:
Marks are allocated in the following proportions:
Knowledge Test - 20%
Portfolio Interview - 40%
Project Presentation - 40%
You can progress to a Team Leading/Supervisor apprenticeship and eventually to higher education qualifications.
Derby College business student Kyle Traynor has conditional offers from four universities to study for a degree in business management and finance.
And the 18-year-old from Heanor, is confident he’ll be well prepared for to take up a university place this September, thanks to his BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma in Business
Kyle, who would most like to work in finance – possibly as a financial adviser or company finance director – is finding every element of his course to be interesting and of value.
He said: “I highly recommend my level 3 course. It covers so much including finance, tax, human resources and the English legal system in relation to consumer protection and workplace rights.
I also enjoyed doing the unit on the principles of management and leadership theory which looks at what makes a good manager. The personal finance unit was good too as it looks at what I’d need to study to become a financial adviser. It covers ISAs and other savings plans, budgeting, cost cutting and financial planning.”
Kyle, who took his exams in January, is now concentrating on finishing his assignments.
He added: “Derby College suits me. It’s near, The Roundhouse has everything I need and our lecturers are good. We’re having to learn remotely because of lockdown but we’ve had support from staff. I’ve had distinctions in some units, including my first unit this year, which was market research. Knowing this course is leading to the degree I want to study at university is helping me to stay motivated.”
Kyle is unsure yet where he will study for his business degree but Sheffield Hallam University is his first choice.
I highly recommend my level 3 course. It covers so much including finance, tax, human resources and the English legal system in relation to consumer protection and workplace rights.
I also enjoyed doing the unit on the principles of management and leadership theory which looks at what makes a good manager. The personal finance unit was good too as it looks at what I’d need to study to become a financial adviser. It covers ISAs and other savings plans, budgeting, cost cutting and financial planning.