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
- intermediate apprenticeship
- 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.