Payroll Apprentice
Westminster - London

Vacancy Reference: SLOT-003090

Location: Westminster - London

Closing Date: 17/06/2024

Salary: £26,448 per annum

Employment Type: Apprenticeship

Department: Deputy Chief Executive, LGA

Hours Per Week: 35

Fixed Term until for 12 months, but will be aligned to the apprenticeship.

About us

The Local Government Association (LGA) is the national membership body for local authorities. We work on behalf of our member councils to support, promote and improve local government.  

We are a politically led, cross-party organisation that works on behalf of councils to ensure local government has a strong, credible voice with national government. We influence and set the political agenda on the issues that matter to councils to help them deliver local solutions to national problems.  

We also provide councils with the tools and resources to respond to challenges present and emerging, and support improvement across the sector. 

About the role 

Our Apprenticeship scheme provides a perfect way to earn a wage while you gain vital work experience and a nationally recognised Payroll qualification. You will be fully supported and mentored through your apprenticeship and be given protected time to complete your course work. The scheme is designed for individuals who are living and entitled to work in England and are not in full-time education. 

The role will require you to provide administrative support to the HR and Payroll team to achieve the LGA’s priorities and objectives. You will support the team in delivering in a flexible and resourceful approach with enthusiasm to participate in LGA and Payroll related projects to deliver on the Business Plan. 

As you develop within this apprenticeship, you will understand how to process payroll changes, liasing with line managers and making relevant changes in employee records. You will be able to carry out basic financial administration tasks including raising and managing orders and invoices and handling financial related queries. You will also assist with the monthly processing of the payroll for LGA and its associated organisations.  

About you 

The successful candidate will have the ability to learn office systems and procedures and have experience in a range of software packages. This will include the production of documents and collation and maintenance of information.  

We are looking for someone who has good written and oral communication skills and a basic understanding of numerical acumen. You will be able to adapt to changing work requirements, manage your own workload, multi-task and have excellent inter-personal, face-to-face and telephone skills while maintaining a courteous and patient manner demonstrating a high level of customer care. You will also have the ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality and demonstrate a keenness to learn.  

You must have the right to work in the UK, the LGA are unfortunately unable to offer sponsorship visas. Evidence for the right to work in the UK will be requested at the interview stage. 

To apply

If you would like to be considered for the role, please complete the online form and include a supporting statement detailing how you meet the criteria of the role before the closing date.

We use anonymous recruitment, which is the practice of hiding candidates’ identities. 

Closing Date:         5pm, 17 June 2024
Interview Date:     W/C 24th June 2024, interviews will be held in person 

At the LGA we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open competition, with appointment on merit. The LGA are proud to be awarded a “Disability Confident Leader”.  If you are require  an reasonable adjustment, which is a change to the format or conditions of the recruitment process to accommodate any disability-related needs you may have. Please contact us via 

The LGA supports the Care Leaver Covenant, under this scheme, we guarantee an interview to care leavers who meet the minimum criteria for apprenticeship roles.   We would also encourage care leaver applicants to take advantage of a conversation with a designated member of our HR team. If you would like to have a conversation about the application and interview process, please contact who will arrange for you to have a call.  

Our benefits

  • LGA annual leave entitlement is 29 days, rising to 31 days after three years’ service and to 33 days after five years’ service, plus all UK public holidays (pro rata for fixed term and part time contracts).*
  • Flexible & agile working – office-based staff are required to work in the LGA’s London office two days per week as a minimum, subject to business need and this may vary significantly between different roles and from week to week.
  • Future development – face-to-face and virtual courses are scheduled in line with developmental goals
  • The LGA offers 24/7 access to a free, confidential employee assistance programme managed by Health Assured. This service is also available for Dependants.
  • Family friendly policies

For more of LGA’s benefits and working with us, please view our webpage

Our values & behaviours 

    Our Values and Behaviours are there to give us an understanding of who we are as an organisation and who we want to be. They are a framework to help us understand:

    • how we work with each other 
    • how we work with our members and stakeholders
    • our expectations for ourselves and each other 

    Our values are:

    Inclusive - We ensure that our work is inclusive of all voices. 

    Ambitious - We are ambitious for councils and their communities and are committed to striving for excellence in all that we do to support our colleagues, our membership and the sector to deliver the best possible outcomes.

    Collaborative - We bring together the expertise and skills needed, working as one team.


    This vacancy is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.