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Business apprenticeships are perfect for those considering beginning or developing their career in accounting, administration, management, marketing or public relations. There is a wealth of business apprenticeships training available and they are suitable for people at every stage of their career. For new starters, most roles in business, tend to be office based and 9 to 5, Monday to Friday, which offers a secure lifestyle for those that appreciate stability.

The business sector offers a variety of roles, from accounting to marketing and social media. Business management apprenticeships training is a good pathway for those looking to climb the career ladder in their current industry. Organisational and communication skills are often valuable for those entering careers in business, as well gaining a solid grasp of numbers and finance, which is why apprenticeship developmental training is crucial.


Who can apply for business apprenticeships training?

Business apprenticeships training isn’t just for school leavers, although it does offer a valuable route into the career for new starters as well.

There is no age limit and apprenticeships are open to people of any age and any career level. Apprenticeships are valuable for staff of any industry looking to learn practical, role-ready knowledge and skills and you can use the apprenticeship levy to train existing staff as well as taking on new employees. Business and Administration training apprenticeships are offered from Level 2 (intermediate) all the way up to Level 7 (degree) and are a great way to develop the knowledge and skill set of existing staff.

Name Level Equivalent Educational Level
Intermediate 2 GCSE
Advanced 3 A Level
Higher 4,5, 6 and 7 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor's or master's degree

If you are a company required to pay the apprenticeships levy, you can spend your levy money on apprenticeship training and end-point assessment with a training provider on the Education & Skills Funding Agency’s Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP). We only list RoTAP approved apprenticeship providers, and you can search for courses here to find a provider to match.

Apprenticeship training must last a minimum of 12 months and 20% of the apprentice’s time must be spent on off-the-job training. You can only use funds in the account to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment for apprentices that work at least 50% of the time in England, and only up to the funding band maximum for that apprenticeship.

For employers who don’t pay the levy, support is still available. If you pay 10% of the apprenticeship training costs and the government will pay the rest (90%), up to the funding band maximum. This is known as ‘co-investment’.

What business apprenticeships training standards are currently being offered?

There are apprenticeships available in several areas within the business sector:

  • Business and Administration (Levels 2 and 3)
  • Business and Professional Administration (Level 4)
  • Contact Centre Operations (Levels 2 and 3)
  • Customer Service (Levels 2 and 3)
  • Human Resource Management (Level 5)
  • Legal Services (Levels 3 and 4)
  • Management (Levels 2 - 5)
  • Marketing (Levels 2 and 3)
  • Professional Services (Level 4)
  • Project Management (Level 4)
  • Providing Financial Services (Levels 2 and 3)
  • Public Relations (Level 4)
  • Recruitment (Levels 2 - 4)
  • Sales and Telesales (Levels 2 and 3)
  • Social Media and Digital Marketing (Levels 3 and 4)
  • And more!

What qualification will I receive with business apprenticeships training?

The qualification you will receive at the end of your training depends on the level and the framework or standard you choose to do. For example, with a Level 4 in Management, you will walk away with:

A practical (or 'competence') qualification:

  • NVQ Diploma in Management
  • NVQ Diploma in Management (RQF)

And a theory-based (or 'knowledge') qualification:

  • BTEC Diploma in Management and Leadership
  • Certificate in Leadership and Management
  • Diploma in Business and Administrative Management

Speak to your chosen provider about the business apprenticeship you've selected for yourself or your team and they will be able to tell you what certification you will receive upon completion. 

Choosing the right business apprenticeships training provider

You can find and compare government approved, RoATP registered apprenticeship providers on our website. If you’re not sure which level is right for you or your staff you can find guides, articles and help on our apprenticeship hub.

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