Business Administrator (Apprenticeship) - 12877

Environment Agency
03 Oct 2019
31 Oct 2019
Role Type
Start Date
Business Administrator (Apprenticeship) - 12877

Number of jobs available

North West, South West

Bristol , Warrington

Richard Fairclough House, Horizon 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?
Are you looking for that first step into an administration role? Are you looking for a change of career, perhaps you're currently working in leisure, retail or another industry?
This is an incredible opportunity to work towards and gain a Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship. This means you will be working in full time employment, gaining experience and working towards your qualification at the same time.
You will also be responsible for providing a proactive and comprehensive support service to either our Bristol or our Warrington Permitting centre, part of the National Permitting Service (see pack).
You will be working collaboratively with Administrators elsewhere in the business and with the Permitting Managers and Permitting Team Leaders.
Duties will include
  • Arranging meetings, organising meeting papers, and helping to plan large events or conferences
  • Undertaking general administrative duties and tasks as assigned by the Permitting Manager or their team
  • Arranging travel and booking trains and hotel accommodation as required
  • Filtering and directing incoming queries, identifying urgent and/or sensitive matters and dealing with them appropriately
  • Proactively managing the Permitting Manager's calendar and mail box as required

    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 the Permitting Managers and permitting teams in Bristol and Warrington as well as with experienced Administrators in the other three permitting centres to support the determination of environmental permits.
    Our aim is to have 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. The apprenticeship will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to be fully competent in this role through a combination of online learning and face to face workshops.
    You will need to take responsibility for completing coursework on time, maintaining up to date evidence for your assessments and put into practice what you're learning by continuing your day to day work. In short, you will be expected to work hard, but you will have plenty of support.
    In addition, successful candidates will have
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to produce accurate work
  • Good interpersonal, team working and communication skills
  • Good organisational and planning skills with the ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Maths and English at GCSE Grades A - C (or equivalent)

    Contact and additional information
    Starting salary will be GBP16,552. This will progress to GBP18,392 on successful completion of the apprenticeship.
    Within this permanent position, your apprenticeship will last for 18 months, starting soon after you begin.
    If you need further information on these vacancies, please contact: Nick Bettinson on or to discuss the Bristol vacancy or Laura Armitage on or to discuss the Warrington vacancy.
    Please ensure it's clear in your application which location you would like to apply for; Warrington or Bristol.

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    Candidate Pack - 12877.docx - 1025KB
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    Job description attachment 2
    Job Profile - 12877.pdf - 70KB

    Closing Date:

    22/10/2019, 23:55 hours

    Level of security checks required
    Basic Check

    Competence 1
    Communicates Effectively

    Please describe how you communicate information and ideas clearly through speech and in writing. Use an example of when you have done this.

    Competence 2
    Works in Teams

    Please describe how you work as part of a team to achieve something. Use an example of when you have done this.

    Competence 3
    Achieves Results

    Please describe how you organise work or tasks to ensure you achieve something to a deadline. Use an example of when you have done this.

    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.

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