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What are business apprenticeships?

Do you see yourself working at the heart of a company, helping it run more efficiently while also earning a degree qualification? If so, an apprenticeship in business could be for you...

Plenty of organisations in the world of business have embraced apprenticeships and more companies are getting involved each year.

As a result, you’ll find vacancies in a range of sectors and roles, such as chartered management degree apprenticeships or level 4 apprenticeships in business and professional administration.

What does a business apprenticeship really involve?

As a business apprentice your role could cover areas from entry-level administration to learning about management.

Initial tasks could include taking and typing up meeting notes and correspondence, compiling spreadsheets and learning about financial and confidential data.

The development of business management and leadership skills is a key component of these apprenticeships, along with the underpinning knowledge of what makes a business succeed.

You’ll probably spend at least some of your day working at a screen or behind a desk, but there might well be the chance to work with the public or colleagues, and get out and about for site visits and meetings.

People skills and great organisation can be very important in apprenticeships like these.

Watch now: What are degree apprenticeships?

How much can I expect to earn as a business apprentice?

Higher apprenticeship salaries start at around £12,000 per year, with slightly higher salaries available in London.

The average salary for an apprenticeship in the business/other industry is £17,563, according to RateMyApprenticeship’s Top 100 Employers 2018-2019.

Top employers for business apprentices

Top employers for business/other apprenticeships include the BBC (#4 across all sectors), Mitchells & Butlers (#34) and Greene King (#59).

Get the guide to get the lowdown on business apprenticeships

Find out more about higher and degree apprenticeships with our free guide, which covers: 

  • What business degree and higher apprenticeships are and their benefits, including earning a salary while getting a degree without paying tuition fees.
  • Information on how apprenticeship levels correspond to higher education levels such as A-levels and degrees.
  • A look at how the apprenticeship route compares with the traditional university and graduate route into business.
  • Areas you can work in within business: human resources, procurement and logistics, finance and more.
  • How apprentices feel about their roles and what they have learnt.
  • Advice on how to find the right apprenticeship for you, with application tips and guidance on how the recruitment process works.
  • A comprehensive list of companies and universities offering business apprenticeships. 


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