Apprentice Business Administrator (Housing)

Gravesend, Kent
£144.30 per week
02 May 2019
02 Jun 2019
Start Date

Gravesham Borough Council is responsible for a range of vital services for people and businesses in the borough including housing, planning, environmental health and waste collection.

The successful candidate will be based within the Housing and Regeneration directorate, working in the Housing Needs Team. The team provides a front line service delivering housing advice and assistance under housing law (including the Homeless Reduction Act 2017) to prevent customers from becoming homeless.

Description of Vacancy
An opportunity to work in a pressurised customer focussed service by responding to customers with housing related issues such as the threat of homelessness.

To assist in the administration of applications for housing and the assessment of housing needs for residents with housing difficulties.

To provide support and assistance to departments by engaging with and responding to customer and colleague enquiries. Working as part of a busy team offering administrative support with Corporate Service functions; and providing timely, effective and holistic customer focussed service by dealing with the gathering of confidential information to support housing applications and assess housing needs.

The post holder will learn and gain an academic qualification and will also obtain valuable experience within the housing sector which will give an opportunity to progress in number of housing fields. This post will provide an insight on how the local authorities deliver their statutory functions to members of public when delivering Housing services.

The role requires updating and maintaining computer records, reports and spreadsheets and general admin duties, dealing with enquiries and service requests from customers, team members and other Council departments by telephone, email or letter.

Responsible to the Senior Housing Options Officer, you will support the Housing Options Team, the Housing Allocations team and the Private Sector Housing Team to help to deliver an efficient service to customers.

You will participate in the placement and monitoring of customers in temporary accommodation including the reconciliation of rent accounts and dealing with rent arrears.

You will build on an interest in housing to gain knowledge and expertise in the implementation of legislation, guidance and good practice in relation to homelessness and the social housing sector.

£144.30 per week

37 Hours per week

Business core hours:

9.00 am – 5.00 pm Monday and Friday

9.00 am – 5.15 pm Tuesday to Thursday

With 1 hour lunch break per day

Skills Required
Ability to follow guidelines, policies and procedures. 
Working knowledge of a wide range of Microsoft Office packages such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and charting software.

Personal Qualities 
Good team player 
Attention to detail 
A commitment to excellent customer service and the values of the Council Commitment to own personal development and take full advantage of training provided. 
To work positively and inclusively with colleagues and customers so that Housing Options Team provides a workplace and delivers services that do not discriminate against people on the ground of their age, sexuality, religion or belief, race, gender or disabilities.

Qualifications Required 
Minimum achieved GCSE Grade C or equivalent in 5 subjects to include English and Maths.

Training Provided
On the job training with the employer whilst working towards the Apprenticeship Framework – consisting of the Intermediate NVQ Level, Technical Certificate and Functional Skills if appropriate.

Regular work based assessments/observations carried out by Kent Training & Apprenticeships Tutor Assessor, to determine competency and meet with Awarding Body standards.

Important Information
The employer has asked that you do not contact them direct. Doing so could jeopardise your application. You will be responsible for your travel expenses to and from your place of work. Therefore, you must have the means to get to your place of work on a daily basis whilst waiting for your first wages to be paid.

KT&A: Kent Training & Apprenticeships are part of Kent County Council and are a leading training organisation with nearly 30 years successful experience. KT&A specialise in high quality work-based training, delivered by qualified staff with personal experience of working in the skill area they teach.

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