Business Administration

Modern Apprenticeship



This Modern Apprenticeship helps you train employees as new entrants to business administration, but also provides a way for people already in the role to upgrade their skills.

It's suitable for employees working in roles such as:

  • administration assistant

  • clerical assistant

  • data entry clerk

  • filing or records clerk

  • junior secretary

  • receptionist

  • administrator or administration officer

  • executive officer

  • office supervisor

  • personal assistant

  • secretary

Apprenticeship framework(s)

Your employee will study for a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 5 or 6.

Select each level to see the framework document and qualification(s) at that level.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for either level, but it’s important that your candidates show the ability and commitment to achieve all outcomes of their apprenticeship.

If they start at SCQF Level 6, it may be useful for candidates to have completed the MA at SCQF Level 5.

Progression and development

SCQF Level 5

After completing Level 5, your employees have the option to take on more specialised tasks within their area, or progress up to the next level of MA.

SCQF Level 6

After completing Level 6, your employees could move on to:

  • the SCQF Level 6 Modern Apprenticeship in Business Administration

  • an SVQ level 4 in another area such as management

They might wish to pursue a business-related HNC at SCQF Level 7 or HND at SCQF Level 8, with possible progression to a full honours degree. They could also specialise in a particular area of administration.

How does it work?

Apprentices will learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. They’ll also study with a college or other learning provider.

Cost and funding

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider throughout the apprenticeship.

The training contribution calculator will show you our funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees aged 16 to 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet your business needs.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we encourage all employers to pay the Living Wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

How long will it take?

It will take between 12 and 24 months to complete.

Need information or advice?

Call our advisors to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships.

0800 783 6000

Sounds right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

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