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Business Administrator Apprenticeship

This apprenticeship is an excellent scheme for training school leavers and support staff as competent administrators. You can tailor the programme to fit specific job roles within legal administration, business support and HR functions.

This is a 18-21 month programme, suitable for school leavers or current support/process staff to be trained as administrators.

Many organisations are taking advantage of the Business Administrator Apprenticeship to develop school leavers into these roles, in order to:

  • Apply the apprenticeship levy or extend the training budget by drawing down public funding
  • Develop affordable business support staff who free up paralegals’ and lawyers’ time for more technical matters.
  • Improve staff retention: Business Administrator Apprentices who are recruited as school leavers will be loyal due to having been given a start in the world of work.
  • Fulfil corporate responsibility and social inclusion objectives.

Who is this Apprenticeship for?

This is a Level 3 Apprenticeship set at A level equivalent and is ideal for new recruits or current members of staff who may have completed an Intermediate Apprenticeship, or who have some prior experience in a business or administration role. The Business Administrator Apprenticeship is suitable for job roles requiring ownership of some processes or procedures, rather than being solely task-based.

Delivery and Assessment

All assessments take place in the workplace and include MCQ exams, competence assessments, time constrained exams and written assignments depending on the units chosen.


The programme delivers the knowledge and skills set out in the Business Administrator Apprenticeship Standard.

Costs and funding

The minimum wage for an apprentice is £3.50/hour, but employers in the legal services sector will usually pay significantly more than that. See the table below for funding and allocation of the levy relating to this apprenticeship. 

Fewer than 50 employees where the apprentice is 16-18 years old No cost to employer – government pays all. Incentive payment of £1,000 for taking on an under 19 year old.
For non-levy paying employers (payroll less than £3m). 90% funded by government; 10% by employer. This could be as little as £500 for the employer to pay. Incentive
For levy-paying employers (payroll greater than £3m) £5,000 to come from levy fund. Incentive payment of £1,000 for taking on an under 19 year old.


For those completing the Business Administrator apprenticeship, there is a wide choice of options: from HR apprenticeships, to data analysis, to Chartered Manager, depending on individual circumstances and job roles. 

How do I start the process?


If you would like to discuss this opportunity further, please contact Jenny Pelling, our Director of Business and Apprenticeships, on 01234 844326 or email


If you are interested in applying for an apprenticeship, please visit our vacancies page or contact