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Our Business Administration Apprenticeship Scheme offers you the opportunity to learn and develop within multiple teams at the heart of AirTanker, supporting our business and operations.

The AirTanker Business Administrator Apprenticeship Scheme meets the criteria for the Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard ‘Business Administrator'.  It offers a 13 month schedule that will provide apprentices with key skills, knowledge and behaviours around areas such as Communication, Project Management, IT, Decision Making, Business Fundamentals, Stakeholders and Interpersonal Skills.

About this Apprenticeship

This course will be delivered through a combination of:

  • Blended training methods including workshops, online resources and one-to-one coaching/mentoring
  • Regular work-based reviews to ensure progression and support

This programme will be independently assessed by End Point Assessment comprising:

  • An interview based on a portfolio of evidence
  • A knowledge test
  • The presentation of an Improvement Project

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship candidates will be awarded the Level 3 Business Administrator Apprenticeship Standard. 

Following successful completion of the Level 3 BA Apprenticeship, apprentices may have the opportunity to apply for a Level 4 Apprenticeship of 18-24 months which will specialise in one of the Business Support Functions included in the Level 3 BA Apprenticeship. Through work based on-the-job training, candidates will develop a more in-depth understanding of the processes and procedures of the chosen function and will have the opportunity to study towards a relevant professional qualification (e.g. APM for Project Management, or SIPS for Procurement etc).

Apprenticeship Placements

The AirTanker Business Administrator Apprenticeship is a development role which will provide opportunities for an apprentice to experience work placements within the various Business Support functions in AirTanker, including;

  • Business Change
  • Commercial
  • Communications
  • Compliance
  • Facilities
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Ground Operations
  • Information Systems & Technologies
  • Procurement
  • Project Management
  • Wellbeing & Inclusion

During the 13 months, the apprentice will spend time in several of these functions, experiencing broad exposure to Business Administration processes and procedures across AirTanker whilst working towards a Level 3 Business Administrator Apprenticeship with an approved academic provider.

“What better way to gain an in-depth insight and experience into the inner-workings of business than with our business apprentice scheme.  This year, with well-being and mental health being of such importance, we are putting more emphasis on mentoring and pastoral care to ensure that applicants are fully supported throughout the process.  I’m really excited to welcome our new talent into the business and helping them to shape their careers and aspirations” – Kerry Norman, Commercial and Supply Chain Director.

The Individual

Our apprentices must meet the following criteria:

  • GCSE English & Maths at level C/4 or above
  • Confident communicator with the ability to articulate views and opinions
  • Basic IT literacy with MS Office tools
  • Range of extra-curricular activities and interests

Primary Responsibilities

As a Business Administration Apprentice, you will hold various responsibilities in support of key functions in the business, and will:

  • Contribute to Business Intelligence and Business Improvement initiatives
  • Conduct basic reviews of commercial terms and condition
  • Assist in the compilation of internal and social media communications
  • Support compliance activities across the business
  • Assist with facilities planning and activities to help ensure that the work
    environment is safe and secure
  • Be part of the procurement lifecycle, identify suppliers, purchase and release
    payments for good and services
  • Help to manage changes and issues in the information and systems technology
  • Provide support to project & programme management
  • Interaction with suppliers, customers and stakeholders

The Reward

Working with like-minded people, you’ll also find a warm welcome. We have an annual diary of organized events from family days and summer festivals to a social scene that has gone from strength-to-strength as we have grown and we are always finding new ways to connect with colleagues.  AirTanker is about much more than the ‘nine to five’. We will earn your commitment, offering you a unique opportunity to play a crucial part in a pioneering service that is working to deliver unparalleled support to the RAF and UK armed forces.

On top of your basic salary, you’ll receive;

  • Health Cash Plan
  • Life Assurance Cover
  • Income Protection
  • Contributory Pension Scheme
  • Local Gym Discount
  • Plane Saver (Credit Union)

Additional Information

Due to the nature of the organisation, all employees of AirTanker Services are required to be security cleared to SC level. If successful in your application we would support you with the SC process. As a guideline only, you would normally need to have been a UK resident for the last five consecutive years.  Further confirmation can be found on the National Security Vetting (NSV) website

If you have not been a UK resident for the last five consecutive years, please be prepared to request an Overseas Criminal Records Check for these countries as you will be asked to provide this for referencing and security checks if you are successful. 

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