Gaining a business and administration apprenticeship
When you are fresh out of school and sixteen, it is unlikely that you will know the path you are destined to follow, a level 2 business administration qualification seems and the career that accompanies it seem faraway. Throughout year’s 10 and 11, you will have had next step talks advertising the academic route of a-levels and BTECs or the hands-on, practical route of apprenticeships and now it is time to make your final choice. We imagine that you will know whether you are more academic or practical and therefore the choice should be apparent. However, choosing from the wide range of courses that these qualifications have on offer is a whole different ball game. This article is for those of you who have decided on an apprenticeship but are unsure which course to pick. We will focus on level 2 business administration apprenticeships, helping you to understand whether they are relevant to you.
What is a level 2 qualification?
A level 2 qualification is the ranking above a GCSE at grades 3, 2, 1 or grades D, E, F, G. Usually, to enrol on a level 2 course, you will have to have at least a level 1 qualification. A GCSE above the grades mentioned is equal to a level 2 qualification. Most entry level apprenticeships are classed as level 2 qualifications. Below is an extensive list of all qualifications classed at level 2:
CSE – grade 1
GCSE – grades 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4 or grades A*, A, B, C
level 2 award
level 2 certificate
level 2 diploma
level 2 ESOL
level 2 essential skills
level 2 functional skills
level 2 national certificate
level 2 national diploma
level 2 NVQ
music grades 4 and 5
level – grade A, B or C
Why level 2 business administration?
A level 2 business administration apprenticeship will open a lot of doors to you. With a level two business administration qualification you can start your journey to the following roles and more: administration executive, administration team leader, office supervisor, personal assistant, or secretary.
During a level 2 business administration qualification, you will be learning on the job combining regular one to one tutorials and independent study alongside your traditional apprenticeship route. The added benefit of an apprenticeship is being paid; national minimum wage for apprentices under the age of 19 is currently at £3.90 per hour getting you saving and on a living wage as soon as you finish your GCSEs.
Redundancy is a form of dismissal from your job, it can happen when employers (for various reasons) need to reduce their workforce.
Your employer should use a fair and objective way of selecting people for redundancy, the methods usually used are: last in, first-out (employees with the shortest length of service are selected first) asking for anybody that may want redundancy (self-selection/voluntary redundancy) or an employer may go on disciplinary records.
There are many reasons you cannot be selected for, your redundancy could then be classed as unfair dismissal, and these may include: Gender, marital status, race, disability, age or sexual orientation.
If you are being made redundant you could be eligible for things such as Redundancy pay, a notice period, a consultation with your employer, an option to move into a different role or time off to find a new job.
You would have to be given a notice period before your employment ends.
The statutory redundancy notice periods are at least one weeks’ notice if employed between one month and two years. One weeks’ notice for each year if employed between two and twelve years and twelve weeks’ notice if employed for 12 years or more.
As well as the statutory pay your employer should either pay you through your notice period or pay you in lieu of notice depending on your circumstances.
You should be entitled to a consultation with your employer if you are being made redundant; you can then speak to them about why you are being made redundant or if there are any alternatives to redundancy. You can also appeal if you feel you may have been unfairly selected, you can do this by writing to your employer explaining the reasons you feel this way.
A 3.5 ton horsebox is a popular choice as it doesn’t require an additional driving test to be driven. Exceeding the weight limit of 3.5 ton would put the vehicle in another license bracket. The biggest payload you can get out of a smaller horsebox is around 1200kg, this could be for two smaller horses or a larger horse and equipment.
Most new horseboxes can be custom made to your requirements with various layouts and other options available. There are many options when choosing a new horsebox anything from the chassis through to interior colours can be customised. A living area can be incorporated into the horsebox, so the rider has somewhere to get changed, eat etc.
Another option instead of buying a new horsebox is to find one used. Depending on the condition, used horseboxes are generally cheaper than their new counterparts. Having a good look over a used horsebox is generally advised as some problems can cost thousands to fix especially rust and bodywork. Some horseboxes use aluminium flooring instead of wooden or ply flooring. The aluminium flooring is generally stronger and longer lasting than plywood.
The biggest thing to check on a used horsebox is the mileage. This can be quite high if the donor vehicle was previously used as delivery vehicle for example. If the vehicle has been maintained correctly then high mileage shouldn’t be a problem. Most horseboxes only average around 4,000 miles per year, so buying one which has only been used as a horsebox would be a wise idea. This will mean the mileage will be quite low when compared to a horsebox based on a previously used van.
All horseboxes have a ramp to load horses in and out of the vehicle. This ramp needs to be kept in good condition and adjusted regularly. The ramps are heavy and are usually assisted by springs, these are what need to be adjusted to provide easy access to the horsebox.
As with any vehicle a full HPI check needs to be carried out to check if the horsebox has ever been stolen, been in an accident or if there is any finance outstanding. These are important checks to make before you make any purchase.
If you have a standard driving license then a 3.5 ton horsebox is ideal for you, if you require a bigger payload than 1200kg then consider moving to a larger horsebox.
There are many ways in which you can take care of your foot health to keep your feet in good condition and help prevent the problems which can be caused. These following tips will help to keep your foot health in optimum condition.
Firstly, you should wash your feet often and keep them as clean as possible. In order to do this, you should wash your feet in soapy, warm water. However, we advise you not to soak your feet as you then may destroy your skins natural’s oils. When you have thoroughly washed them, ensure you dry them well, especially in places like in between your toes. This is because this is where infections can develop such as athlete’s foot.
Once you have completely dried your feet, you may want to use a foot file to remove all of the hard skin but do not overdue this as you could damage the skin underneath. Afterwards, apply moisturiser all over both feet. However, we do not advise that you put this cream in between your toes.
Afterwards, you should trim your toenails, but you should do this regularly anyway. This should be carried out with proper nail clippers and cut straight across. You should never cut your toenails at an angle or down the edges as this can cause an ingrown toenail.
However, if you carry out this foot health process and you still develop foot problems, you should contact your local podiatrist.
Please note: It is essential that you have your feet checked by a professional regularly such as a GP or podiatrist if you have either a health condition that affects your feet. These conditions may include diabetes, poor circulation or even a low immune system.