Secretary - Business Administrator Apprenticeship - 10955

Environment Agency
05 Jun 2019
03 Jul 2019
Role Type
Start Date
Secretary - Business Administrator Apprenticeship - 10955

Number of jobs available

South East

Reading , Wallingford

Kings Meadow House, Red Kite House

Staff Grade 2

Post Type

Working Pattern
Full Time

Role Type
Administration / Corporate Support

Salary Minimum

Job description
Are you passionate about the environment and want to help protect it for your own and future generations? Are you looking for that first step into an administration role or want to change career direction?
If so, supporting our major project directors in the delivery of large flood alleviation schemes could be the opportunity you are seeking.
Your role may vary depending on the Directors you are working with but, in general, you will be responsible for providing a proactive and comprehensive support service.
You will be working collaboratively with Administrators elsewhere in the business and with the senior managers who report into these Directors.
Duties will include:
  • Arranging meetings and preparing meeting papers, and helping to organise large events or conferences.
  • Proactively managing the Director or Deputy Directors' mail box, ensuring they are aware of urgent or important e-mails, forwarding on for action or information or dealing with them yourself where appropriate.
  • Undertaking general administrative duties and tasks as assigned by the Director, Deputy Directors or their team.
  • Arranging travel and booking trains and hotel accommodation as required
  • Filtering and directing incoming telephone queries, identifying urgent and/or sensitive matters and dealing with them appropriately

    The team
    Everyone at the Environment Agency has the same ambition: To create a better place for people and wildlife.
    You'll be working with experienced Administrators and be part of a wider apprentice community made up of individuals with different talents and abilities and of all ages and backgrounds.
    Our ultimate aim is for a workforce that reflects the diversity in the communities we work with and the environment we protect.

    Experience/skills required
    Background and experience are not as important as your energy, enthusiasm and commitment as the apprenticeship will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to be fully competent in this role.
    You'll be completing a Business Administrator Level 3 Apprenticeship and will do this through a combination of online learning and face to face workshops.
    You will be responsible for completing coursework on time, maintaining up to date evidence for your assessments and putting into practice what you're learning.
    Successful candidates will show
  • Excellent attention to detail and be able to produce accurate work
  • Good interpersonal, team working and communication skills
  • Good organisational and planning skills with the ability to work to tight deadlines under pressure
  • Maths and English at GCSE Grades A - C (or equivalent)

    Contact and additional information
    Starting salary is GBP16,552. This will progress to GBP18,392 on successful completion of the apprenticeship. This permanent role includes the completion of the Level 3 Apprenticeship in the first 15-18 months, starting in summer 2019.
    If you are yet to take your GCSEs but expect to achieve Maths and English at Grade A-C (or equivalent) in the summer, you may still apply for these vacancies.
    Our apprenticeship scheme is targeted towards young people aged 16 - 24 but there is no upper age limit and you can still apply if you meet the eligibility criteria detailed in the Candidate Pack.

    If you need further information on this vacancy, please contact: Sam Meredith or Jo Emberson-Wines

    Job description attachment 1
    10955 - Business Administrator Apprenticeship (Level 3) Candidate Pack.pdf - 1301KB

    Job description attachment 2
    Job Profile - 10955.pdf - 70KB

    Closing Date:

    19/06/2019, 23:55 hours

    Level of security checks required
    Basic Check

    Length of contract

    Competence 1
    Communicates Effectively

    Listens and questions to understand and engage. Conveys information and ideas clearly, accurately and persuasively through speech and writing.

    Competence 2
    Manages Self

    Has full awareness of own strengths, weaknesses, impact and approach.
    Effectively organises self and takes personal responsibility for own role.

    Competence 3
    Achieves Results

    Sets and delivers high work standards, demonstrates the drive to meet targets.
    Prioritises and organises tasks and resources to ensure timely achievement of results

    If you are applying from the Civil Service please note that the Environment Agency is not a part of HM Civil Service and you would not be a Crown Servant in the event of being appointed. Therefore, you will not be eligible for continuous service. For applicants who currently work in local government or other bodies listed in the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government etc) (Modification) Order 1999, you may be eligible for continuous service for the purpose of calculating any future redundancy payment. If you are unsure of your status then you should contact your own HR Team.

    We are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share, so please include clearly any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.

    We also have a Guaranteed Interview Policy to support those with a disability who are seeking employment. We have committed to guaranteeing an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

    The Environment Agency, as a Non-Departmental Public Body, is committed to providing value for money and utilises Central Government frameworks and contracts for all external recruitment needs. For this reason, we are unable to engage with the market directly through post, email or phone calls . Should you wish to become a support supplier on one of these frameworks or contracts please visit for more information.

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