Business Administration Apprenticeships

Our business administration apprenticeships enable apprentices to undertake a wide range of administrative functions, and implement and improve systems and processes.

Business Administrator Apprenticeship (Level 3)

Damar business administration apprenticeships support the development of a valuable, highly transferable set of knowledge, skills and behaviours. They work in small and large businesses alike, from the public sector, private sector and charitable sector. Their roles may involve working independently or as part of a team and will involve developing, implementing, maintaining and improving administrative services.  

Because of the characteristics of administrative roles in these sectors, we also offer two specialist business administration apprenticeships for the legal and medical sectors (a small additional fee applies in each case). In addition to the main programme content: 

  • The legal administrator programme focuses on business structures and regulation specific to the legal sector and includes additional content covering the key legal concepts relevant to a selected area of practice.  
  • The medical administrator programme focuses on organisational structures and regulation specific to the medical sector and includes additional content leading to a medical terminology qualification accredited by CPD UK. 

Key facts

Administrators play a vital part in the success of organisations. They
support and engage with different parts of the organisation and
interact with internal and external customers.

Find out more about the impact that business administration apprenticeships can have on individuals and organisations:



 15 months (includes preparation for end-point assessment)

All business administration apprenticeships embed the functional use of maths and English as well as personal development topics  in areas such as equality and diversity and British Values. Apprentices unable to evidence maths and English at GCSE level 4 or above may need to take functional skills exams as part of the apprenticeship. Additional training is provided if necessary. 

There are three elements to the end-point assessment for business administration apprenticeships:
  • A 50question multiple choice knowledge test. This element must be passed before the other elements
  • A structured interview with the independent end-point assessorbased on the apprentice’s portfolio of evidence (30-45 minutes)
  • presentation, given to the independent end-point assessor, on a project the apprentice has completed at work which must be based on a process they have improved. (10-15 minutes for the presentation followed by 10-15 minutes Q&A). 

People of all ages and educational backgrounds can undertake business administration apprenticeships, but there are some restrictions, the most important of which are: 

  • The employer and the training provider must ascertain that the apprenticeship will allow the individual to gain substantive new skills. The training therefore needs to be materially different from any prior qualification or previous apprenticeship. 
  • The apprenticeship must align with the skills needs of the apprentice’s role. 
  • The apprentice must be employed, usually for 30+ hours a week, and work more than 50% of their time in England. 
  • All apprenticeships must take at least 12 months with apprentices spending a minimum of 6 hours per week in off-the-job training. All Damar apprenticeships plan for more than the legal minimum. 

If your annual UK wage bill is over £3 million, the cost of training can be funded via the Apprenticeship Levy. We can help you navigate your Apprenticeship Service account to access this funding. 

If your annual UK wage bill is below £3 million, the government covers 95-100% of the training costs.

For apprentices aged up to 21, the apprenticeship is fully government-funded*. For apprentices aged 22 and over, the apprenticeship is 95% government-funded*. These new funding rules are applicable to apprentices starting from 1 April 2024.

*Please note: Some apprenticeships have accreditation costs which are not eligible for government funding

There is a wide range of progression routes from the business administration apprenticeships. Our apprentices regularly progress to the paralegal apprenticeship (from the legal administrator pathway), to the team leader or supervisor apprenticeship and to accountancy apprenticeships. Progression to the data protection and information governance practitioner apprenticeship is also possible. Subsequent career and educational progression options include to professional qualifications such as solicitor and Chartered Manager (via degree level apprenticeships). 

We have regular start dates throughout the year for our apprenticeships. Please get in touch for more information.

Employers: Make an enquiry to discover how business administration apprenticeships can support your organisation

Our delivery model

  • Pre-work: Usually, reading or video content relating to the module.
  • Group coaching session: Apprentices come with their questions, discuss their learning with peers and prepare themselves for the final part of the module, which is to complete individual activity.
  • Individual learning activity: An activity brief will be provided for the apprentice as introduced in the group coaching session. The student will work through the activity brief, building their evidence to support the portfolio and end point assessment. Importantly, this final activity allows the apprentice to embed and contextualise their learning.
  • Main learning: Self-directed, interactive content on our online learning platform.
  • 1:1 Coaching visit: Every six weeks, where work completed and feedback are reviewed and, if it is to the right standard, the module will be signed off. It is also an opportunity to review progress and discuss personal development with the apprentice.  
  • Review meeting: Takes place with the apprentice and their supervisor every 12 weeks, immediately after a coaching visit, providing a further opportunity to review progress. 

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