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What exactly is ‘Business Administration’?
Around 3.2 million people in the UK help to keep businesses running. Administrators need a broad range of skills to work efficiently and to help increase business productivity. Skills shortages identified by organisations include a lack of office administration, customer handling, technical, practical, oral communication and IT skills, all of which are covered within the Business Administration training we offer.
What is it like working in Business Administration?

Almost every company and organisation employs administrative assistants. Most administration roles will involve carrying out clerical and other duties in support of the business you work for. If you’re well organised, pay close attention to detail and like being part of a team, then a Business Administration job could suit you perfectly. Business Administration includes job titles such as administrators, office juniors, receptionists/medical receptionists, junior legal secretaries or junior medical secretaries. Your duties may vary but typically, you’ll:

  • deal with incoming and outgoing post
  • answer telephone, email and social media enquiries
  • cover reception duties, like greeting and looking after visitors
  • type up documents, for example letters and reports
  • update computer records
  • use office equipment such as printers, photocopiers and fax machines
  • stock take and re-order supplies
  • set up meetings and take ‘minutes’
  • make travel arrangements for staff.

You’ll need a good standard of general education, normally including GCSEs in Maths and English. You’ll also need good telephone and keyboard skills, together with the ability to use common office computer programs.

What can I expect to earn?
  • Salaries can be between £14,000 and £18,000 a year, depending on where you work and your responsibilities.
  • Experienced workers can earn from £19,000 to £23,000 a year.

Figures are supplied by the National Careers Service and are intended as a guideline only.

How can HTP Apprenticeship College help me get a job in the Business Administration sector?

HTP Apprenticeship College offers three great ways to start your career:


  • Apprenticeships where you will be earning and learning right from the start.

You don’t need any previous experience or qualifications to start a Business Administration programme with HTP although good GCSE grades in Maths and English will be beneficial.

Thousands of young people have succeeded with an Apprenticeship through HTP. You could too!

Dan Pickles completed his Advanced Apprenticeship at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust in their Communications Department
Elissa Buzzard has used the knowledge she has gained from her Advanced Apprenticeship to help her submit and secure a grant application on behalf of her employer, Dimbola Museum.
Luke Kingswell completed his Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration on our full-time course and has now progressed on to his Advanced Apprenticeship at St Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight.
Congratulations to these young people who have recently succeeded in Business Administration with HTP Apprenticeship College:

Intermediate Apprenticeships

  • Katie Ellson
  • Georgia Fifields
  • Samuel Bhikoo
  • Jude Gladstone
  • Charlotte Dean
  • Codie Harrison

Advanced Apprenticeships

  • Georgia Osborne
  • Charlie Jackson
  • Karenza Leavold
  • Chloe Bruce

Higher Apprenticeships

  • Leah Johnson
  • Emma Waterman
Work with the best…
We’ve already placed young people like you with these and many other reputable organisations:

Get started today – your way

There are three great ways you can begin your career in Business Administration through HTP Apprenticeship College.
Choosing the right one for you depends on how ready you are to start work.

Get straight into work

Ready to start or progress your career in Business Administration? Why not earn while you learn and gain nationally-recognised qualifications with an HTP Apprenticeship. The first stage is usually an ‘Intermediate’ Apprenticeship and if after that, you want to gain more qualifications, you can progress onto an Advanced Apprenticeship.
Intermediate Apprenticeship
  • Level 2 Diploma in Business and Administration
  • Level 1 or 2 Functional Skills in maths, English and ICT (if you do not already have GCSE at Grades C or above)
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills
Advanced / Higher Apprenticeships

Advanced Apprenticeship

  • Level 3 Diploma in Business Administration
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in maths, English and ICT (you will be exempt if you already have GCSE at Grades C or above in these subjects)
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills

Higher Apprenticeship

  • Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Business Administration
  • Level 4 Diploma in Business Administration

Get some experience first

Not sure if Business Administration is right for you? No problem. Try out working and gaining skills in a real business for 6 weeks – 6 months and find out. If it isn’t right, we can help you find another one! A Traineeship is a great way to get work experience, gain skills and knowledge, and progress onto a full Apprenticeship or other employment.

This Traineeship

HTP Apprenticeship College works with a large number of employers who will offer a keen young person a chance to demonstrate their potential with a view to taking them on as an Apprentice. HTP will help you find the right potential employer and get you underway. When you are on work experience you may get some expenses towards things like travel and meals. On a Traineeship you will:

  • get a minimum of 6 weeks work experience
  • take part in classroom-based training at one of our training centres to help you prepare for work
  • have the chance to achieve maths and English qualifications (if you need to)
  • receive all the information, advice and guidance you need to get your career underway
After your Traineeship
After you have completed your Traineeship you will progress on to your Apprenticeship or into other employment.

Get ready and confident

Many young people would like to feel more prepared or confident before applying for a job. That’s where our career-focused Full-time Course in Business Administration comes in. It’s not like being at school or college, and the course includes work experience with a local company so you gain practical workplace skills and knowledge.
This Full-time Course

You’ll be based at our Riverbank Campus at Little London in Newport on the Isle of Wight, where you will undertake the Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration along with work experience with a local employer. Some of the things you’ll learn on this course include:

  • the principles of Providing Administrative Services
  • the principles of Business Document Production and Information Management
  • how to manage Personal Performance and Development
  • collating and reporting data
  • storing and retrieving information
  • producing business documents
  • using software
  • the different types of office equipment
After your Full-time Course
After you have successfully completed the Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration we will help you secure an Advanced Apprenticeship in Business and Administration with a local employer.

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