Administration jobs are available in virtually all public sector organisations in the UK. And if you don’t have a business qualification and lots of admin experience, an administrator apprenticeship is a fantastic way to get your foot in the door of some great organisations such as the police, NHS Trusts, local councils and national government departments.
What is a public administration job?
A public administration role involves providing administrative support for a public sector organisation. Sometimes these roles require individuals who already have business qualifications or experience but, in many cases, these jobs can be offered as apprenticeships to people starting or changing careers, who don’t have a background in business or admin.
As a business admininstrator apprentice, you will:
- Use IT packages and systems such as Microsoft Word and Outlook
- Produce documents such as emails and reports
- Communicate, internally with colleagues, and externally with clients face-to-face, on the telephone, via email or on social media
- Plan and organise, including managing your own time and priorities
What companies are in the public sector?
The public sector is made up of organisations and businesses which are owned and run on behalf of the public – by the government itself or by other organisations which are funded by, and report to, the government. In the UK this includes the NHS, police, army, navy, local councils, BBC, Crown Prosecution Service, further education colleges, Highways England, Ministry of Defence, Network Rail, MI5, Home Office and hundreds of other government departments and agencies.
There are over 5 million people in the UK who work in the public sector in a vast array of job roles from nurses and police officers to scientists and engineers. But just like privately-owned companies, virtually all public sector bodies will have a requirement for some level of administration and will employ business administrators.
What are the benefits of working in the public sector?
One of the reasons that many people choose to work in the public sector is so that they can make a difference to other people’s lives. You would be contributing to your local community or even, in some cases, the whole country. This can give you a great sense of purpose and job satisfaction.
Public sector jobs are also often seen as being more stable than jobs in the private sector. The private sector is more susceptible to market forces and companies can go out of business, making staff redundant.
Another benefit of public sector jobs is that they are often more flexible. Government departments and agencies tend to be very supportive of flexible working arrangements such as job sharing and flexitime. This can be useful for people who have a lot of commitments outside of work or who want to achieve a good work-life balance.
Finally, public sector organisations often invest heavily in training. In fact, the government wants 2.3% of all employees in public sector bodies to be on apprenticeship training. This means that you are not only gaining work experience, but also qualifications which will help you progress in the future.
How do I apply for a job in the public sector?
Many public sector organisations will have their own website and will advertise their own vacancies so it’s worth doing some research on the organisations you’re interested in and where they are advertising. If you are new to business admin, and thinking about an apprenticeship, you can search on the Find an Apprenticeship site. Here at Damar Training we often have admin apprenticeships available in NHS Trusts, the police, local councils and many government departments and agencies across the country. If we don’t currently have anything available that suits you, please still do get in touch so that we can keep your details on record and get in touch with you as soon as we do.