Receptionist/Business Administrator (Apprenticeship)
Leigh Academies Trust

Job reference: 003279

Location: Leigh Academies Trust

Closing date: 01/03/2021

Salary: £10,000 per annum

Employment type: Apprenticeship

Department: Administration

Hours per week: Full time: 37 hours per week

Start Date: 22nd March 2021

Are you a conscientious and hard-working individual? Do you work with a high level of professionalism in everything that you do? Are you keen to join a highly successful and inspirational company?

Due to the promotion of the current post-holder, Leigh Academies Trust have a truly exciting opportunity to appoint a Receptionist/Business Administrator to work at our Head Office based in Strood who will join us from 22nd March 2021. We are a medium sized multi-academy trust with academies located across Kent and South East London, currently comprised of 29 academies and continuing to expand in years to come.

As Receptionist/Business Administrator, you will be the ‘face’ of Leigh Academies Trust – you’ll be the first point of contact for many members of Leigh Academies Trust and external stakeholders. Applicants should be professional, personable and committed to providing an excellent service on behalf of Leigh Academies Trust, and above all else our appointed candidate will have a positive work ethic and can-do attitude. If you're as excited by this opportunity as we are, we'd love to hear from you!

The vast majority of services that we provide are operated ‘in-house’ including HR, Finance, Estates, IT and Executive Support, and all departments moved into brand new, modern offices in 2017. The Receptionist/Business Administrator position is pivotal to the smooth running of our central office and our appointed candidate will embark on an Apprenticeship course, gaining a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification during their time in post.

Apprenticeship Summary:

Annual wage:  £10,000 per annum
Holiday allowance: 25 days per annum plus bank holidays
Working week: Monday - Thursday, 8.00am – 4.30pm / Friday, 08:00 - 4.00pm
Total hours per week: 37 (including the 20% training element of the Apprenticeship)
Apprenticeship duration: Approx.18 months
Anticipated start date: March April 2021
Apprenticeship level: Advanced Level Apprenticeship (Level 3)
Apprenticeship standard: Business & Administration
Positions: 1 available
Desired entry qualifications: GCSE grade C/4 or above in Maths, English and ICT

Please be aware that applicants that already have a Level 3 qualification in Business Administration / an equivalent to will not be eligible for this position.

Future prospects: This apprenticeship could be the start of a very promising and career within the wider business and administration remit. We have every intention to offer a permanent contract following successful performance and completion of the Level 3 course with future opportunities to extend your training with a higher level Apprenticeship programme. We offer in-house Continuing Professional Development and you’ll be part of a highly experienced and efficient Executive Team – you’ll be learning from the very best!

Essential skills:

  • Excellent organisational and planning skills with outstanding attention to detail

  • Demonstrate a high level of initiative

  • Computer literacy in usual office applications

  • Ability to work on own initiative

  • Committed and enthusiastic

  • Excellent attendance and time-keeping record

Being a part of Leigh Academies Trust: As of 1st September 2020, our Trust will comprise 28 geographically organised academies (11 secondaries, 15 primaries and 2 special) educating over 16,000 students, and employing over 2,500 talented staff. We also have one further secondary academy in the development phase, due to open in September 2021. The Trust is establishing four ‘clusters’ of academies: North West Kent; Central Kent; South East London; Medway. In addition, the Trust is responsible for one of the region’s biggest initial teaching training providers and a large teaching school. Click here to view our future plans in our Vision 2025 document.

As part of Leigh Academies Trust you will have ample opportunity to collaborate with your peers both within the academy and across the whole Trust. This is an important part of our vision as we know through experience that we perform better when we work together. You are supported to undertake regular self-development to continue your professional development and hopefully progress further within the organisation.

Recruitment and hiring during COVID-19: Despite the challenges we face, recruitment and hiring will continue for all Leigh Academies Trust vacancies with as little disruption as possible over the coming weeks and months. This is for all senior, teaching and support staff appointments. Applications will still be reviewed and interviews conducted in a timely manner, although interview activities will vary. If you have any queries or concerns, please get in touch with the LAT Talent Team -

Based on the quality and quantity of applications received, Leigh Academies Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy sooner than the specified closing date. Applicants will be notified of this where possible. Therefore, early applications are encouraged.


The closing date for this job has now passed.