Work With Us 1 – Employ and Train an Apprentice

The National Association of Virtual School Headteachers (NAVSH) is seeking expressions of interest from organisations which can employ and train an Apprentice for us.

This would be a full-time post for an Advanced Business and Administration Apprenticeship. The salary would need to be in line with similar Administration jobs for 19-25 year olds. There is a requirement for the successful applicant to be a care leaver.

The organisation would be required to:

  • Manage the recruitment process
  • Employ the successful candidate on behalf of NAVSH
  • Host the apprentice in an office with other workers
  • Organise and manage the 20% learning offer
  • Provide appropriate levels of supervision and guidance

NAVSH has a job description available for this post (below) and will be able to provide handover sessions.

Further information can be obtained by emailing

A draft Job Description for the role

Role: Business Administrator Apprentice, Advanced level, full time (including 20% off site training), permanent.

Reporting to: XXXX and the Chair of NAVSH

Salary: Depending on age and experience but at least. National Minimum Wage / National Living Wage

About NAVSH: The National Association of Virtual School Heads, exists to improve educational outcomes for care experienced children and young people. All local authorities in England are required to have a Virtual School Head. NAVSH represents them by working with a wide range of partners and commissioning research to ensure that the educational needs of looked after children are better understood.

About the role: You will be employed by a local provider who will support you in your learning. You will provide administrative support to the NAVSH board of Trustees including facilitating online and face to face meetings (usually in London). You will contribute to keeping our website updated and contribute regularly to the social media presence of NAVSH. You will also support the conference organiser with the annual conference each spring.

Key duties: 

  • You will undertake a development programme (on-site and off-site) including participation in required training and learning leading to a Business and Administration Apprenticeship qualification.
  • Provide a polite, efficient and responsive service and deal with enquires and requests for information both written and verbal from a wide range of internal and external customers.
  • Update the Website and manage Social Media output and to ensure efficient responses to enquiries via social media (Training will be provided).
  • Provide administrative support to the board of Trustees and the Chair using a range of software packages and system including Microsoft Office IT packages, databases and office equipment.
  • Support meetings and events including managing diaries, booking rooms and refreshments, setting up rooms, preparing information and providing administration for meetings.
  • Assist with the updating, maintenance and extraction of information from all manual and electronic information systems accurately as required.
  • Undertake general office duties including filing, photocopying, e-mailing and scanning.
  • Maintain a high level of confidentiality, in line with service requirements.
  • Ensure that all work is undertaken to prescribed standards and timescales.
  • Undertake such other duties as reasonably correspond to the general character of the post and are commensurate with its level of responsibility.

About you

You have:

  • GCSE Grades A*-C (or Grade 9-4) or an equivalent Level 2 qualification in English and Maths.
  • If you can’t provide evidence of the above qualification you will undertake a diagnostic test which is carried out by the training provider.
  • Commitment to undertaking the apprenticeship training framework and any in-house training and development.
  • Ability to work in a busy, varied and pressurised environment.
  • An understanding of good customer service standards.

Your strengths:

  • Good ICT and keyboard skills including use of Microsoft applications including Word, Excel and Powerpoint, or equivalents.
  • Experience of working with Teams and Zoom
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills, written and verbal.
  • Well organised – able to prioritise your own workload and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to record accurate information.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Able to work on own initiative with minimal supervision.
  • Enthusiastic and motivated to learn new skills – taking ownership for keeping your knowledge and skills up to date.
  • Being open to feedback.
  • Ability to work flexibly in order to adapt to changing work priorities and service needs.
  • Presentable and professional at all times