Modern Apprenticeships - Pathway

Our Modern Apprentice programme Pathway supports young people to develop practical and transferable skills, experience real responsibilities in an interesting and diverse environment and identify their strengths and career ambitions.

Based in either our Dalkeith or Glasgow office, you will provide administrative support to up to four different business areas and gain practical knowledge and experience in a variety of working environments.

As part of our programme, you will complete an SVQ Business and Administration SCQF level 6 and an HNC in Business at City of Glasgow or City of Edinburgh College as well as specific training and workshops relevant to your role.

In addition, you will be supported to identify career development opportunities with an experienced mentor and have access to employability training throughout the programme.

Our Modern Apprentices are a valuable addition to our teams and other roles may be available within SQA after the apprenticeship has been completed.

What do I need to know?

Applicants must be between 16 and 19 years old. Opportunities are available in both our Dalkeith and Glasgow locations.

Salary: £17,552 per annum

Contract: Fixed Term (2 Years)

Hours: Full Time (35 hours per week with working pattern to be agreed with line manager)

Annual Leave: 27 days annual leave and 14 public holidays

Pension: Strathclyde Pension Fund

Volunteer Hours: 21 per year

Our closing date is on 3rd May 2020 with interviews due to commence in June 2020.

If you have any questions regarding your application, please email our recruitment team jobs@sqa.org.uk.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Please remember to include the following on your application form:

  1. Tell us why you would like to work with SQA.
  2. Describe your strengths and skills.
  3. Explain your goals and where you see yourself in the next 3 years.

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What is the Modern Apprenticeship role at SQA?

We help young people learn about the world of work through our own ”Pathways”  Modern Apprenticeship programme.

Our programme gives our Modern Apprentices the opportunity to work towards two industry-recognised qualifications and gain two years of valuable work experience in a variety of areas from across the business. Placements include contributing to the teams responsible for creating new qualifications, to working with our Business Systems teams on our IT infrastructure, to assisting our Corporate Office and shadowing our Chief Executive.

Throughout your Modern Apprenticeship at SQA, you will complete a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Business and Administration at SCQF level 6, and together with our local college partners, you will work towards a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Business at SCQF level 7. These valuable courses, combined with your work experience will help you to identify your strengths, and your long-term career goals, and help you to develop the skills, knowledge and experience needed to secure a business and administration role in any organisation.

Where would I be based?

You will be based at either Lowden, our office complex in Shawfair Business Park near Dalkeith on the outskirts of Edinburgh, or the Optima Building, our office in Glasgow city centre.

What will I be responsible for?

Over the course of your Modern Apprenticeship, you will provide administrative support to up to four different business areas, and gain practical knowledge and experience in a variety of working environments.

Your responsibilities will include:

You will also be responsible for working towards you qualifications. Time will be set aside for you to do this, but you will be responsible for attending classes at college, and completing any assignments you have been given. You will also be assigned a mentor who will assist you with the completion of your SVQ, but you will be responsible for completing any associated tasks.

What do I need to apply?

You must be aged 16 – 19 years old and educated to SCQF Level 6 e.g. Higher in subjects including English, Mathematics, Social Science, Business Management, and/or Administration. You must also be able to show us evidence in your application/interview of the following skills:

Our Modern Apprentices are valuable additions to our teams. As part of your apprenticeship, we will work with you to develop employability skills, and give you opportunity to demonstrate these throughout your placement, and you may have the opportunity to apply for other roles within SQA once you have completed your apprenticeship.

Closing Date: 03.05.2020

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