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Level 3 Business Support and Communications Apprentice

Job description

Rushcliffe Borough Council based in West Bridgfrord, Nottingham are looking to recruit a self-motivated individual to join the Economic Growth Team for 2 years as a Business Support and Communications Apprentice. This is a fantastic opportunity with a varied job role on offer.

We are looking for someone who is self-motivated, takes a positive approach to new challenges and experiences and is interested in supporting local businesses and High Streets as they recover from the impacts of Covid-19.

Your duties will include:

  • Raising the profile of the Economic Growth team and promoting support for local businesses, by maintaining and updating our website, social media channels and producing our quarterly e-newsletter
  • Managing the West Bridgford Way online platforms, designing marketing and promotional campaigns and developing an engaging annual communications content plan for social media
  • Providing support to the Rushcliffe Business Partnership including preparation for any meetings and events, attendance at networking events and maintenance of website and social media channels
  • Increasing engagement with and support for Rushcliffe businesses across the Borough
  • Providing project and administration support for the Rushcliffe Growth Boards.
  • Supporting the Executive Support Team and Chief Executive as require
  • Project Support for Corporate projects as required
  • Any other duties as required commensurate with the grade of the post

Between 1st September 2021 and 31st March 2022, this post will be part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welcome Back Fund. During this time, you will fulfil the role of Rushcliffe’s CV-19 Communication Officer for 20 hours a week.

This role will focus on supporting Small and Medium Sized enterprises that serve the public primarily in Rushcliffe’s High Streets and Neighbourhood Centres to build their resilience and adaptability in the context of the economic impact of CV-19.

Whilst fulfilling this part of the role, duties will include:

  • Supporting the delivery of a programme of communications to High Street businesses including online and digital campaigns and print and publications on how to trade safely
  • Supporting Small and Medium Sized enterprises that serve the public primarily in Rushcliffe’s High Streets and Neighbourhood Centres to build their resilience and adaptability in the context of the economic impact of CV-19
  • Supporting business to understand and implement measures that create and promote a safe environment for local trade and tourism, particularly in high streets through communication campaigns, one to one advice and arranging safely delivered group activities

We will provide a nurturing yet challenging environment, where you will be given the chance to develop your potential. You will be given the freedom and responsibility to make decisions, while we provide support and advice to help your development. Ability to travel around the Borough of Rushcliffe is preferable.

How to apply for this vacancy

You can apply for this vacancy through the National Apprenticeship Service. If you require any assistance with applying for this vacancy please contact us on 0115 945 7260 or email the apprenticeship team.

Application deadline: 05/10/2021

Possible start date: 10/10/2021

Skills required

  • Effective communication skills, both written and verbal, including the ability to write clearly and concisely
  • Competent numeracy skills
  • Good analytical and decision-making skills
  • Good computer literacy and word processing skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)

Desirable experience (this might be experience you have had at school, college or through activities undertaken outside of school):

  • Experience of project participation
  • Experience of working effectively and collaboratively in a team
  • Experience of working with or using social media

This role involves communicating with external partners, senior managers, and elected councillors. The successful candidate will be representing the Council in these communications, so it is vital that they are a confident communicator and that they are able to demonstrate a high level of professionalism.

The apprentice will also be creating content that will feature on our website and social media channels, as well as regularly sending emails to colleagues and external partners, so excellent written communication skills are essential.

We are looking for someone who is confident, a good communicator and able to demonstrate high levels of professionalism and maturity.

Qualifications required

GCSEs at grades A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent) in maths and English.

Training provided

Level 3 Business Administrator apprenticeship standard, which includes:

  • Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English (if required)
  • End-Point Assessment (EPA)

Please click on the link above for more information regarding End-Point Assessment (EPA).

Future progression

Potential opportunity for a permanent role within the company following successful completion of the apprenticeship.

Additional questions for candidates

During the application process you will be asked the following additional question(s) below. To prepare yourself, have a think about how you might answer them.

First question
Why do you want to do a Business Administrator Apprenticeship at Rushcliffe Borough Council? Please say what personal qualities and/or skills you feel you have that make you a good candidate for this role.

Second question
For the purposes of shortlisting your commute from home to work please say whether you will be using public transport or have a full driving licence and access to your own vehicle.

Employer information

Rushcliffe Borough Council is a relatively small but high achieving Local Authority which prides itself on offering residents a “great place, great lifestyle, great sport”. The Council is one of the highest rated district councils in the country and has just received the award for Entrepreneurial Council of the Year.

Address details:

Rushcliffe Borough Council
Rushcliffe Arena
Rugby Road
West Bridgford

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Reference number VAC001740101
Working week Monday - Friday, 09:00 - 17:00.

(37.5 hours per week)

Expected duration 21 months
Apprenticeship level Advanced
Related course Business Administrator - Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3)
Salary £181.87 - £226.50 (Weekly)

Wage explained

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

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