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Business Administration Apprentice

Date: 10-Mar-2023

Location: Bristol, ENG, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

A great place to work needs a great way of working....Take your first steps into the world of administration with us, and see where the journey takes you.


A Truly Global Business

Every day, around the world, we help aircrafts fly further, faster and greener.  We’re the world’s leading tier one aerospace supplier of systems and components. With over 15,000 employees across 38 manufacturing sites in 12 countries serving over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers with sales of £2.5bn.



Together as “one GKN” we’re moving our business and industry forward developing technologies that rapidly decarbonise aircraft, and innovating to help build a new generation of planes that produce zero emissions.  We’re putting sustainability at the heart of what we do; driving our objective to becoming a net zero greenhouse gas emissions business before 2050!

Job Summary


Joining the world’s leading tier one aerospace supplier of systems and components, this opening gives you the opportunity to ‘earn while you learn’ combining the role of Business Administration with online study, working towards achieving a nationally accredited Level 3 certification.


Business administrators have a highly transferable set of knowledge, skills and behaviours that can be applied in all sectors. This includes small and large businesses alike; from the public sector, private sector and charitable sector.


As a Business Admin Apprentice, based at our state-of-the-art Global Technology Centre in Bristol, reporting into the EA to the VP of Technology, you’ll be providing efficient and proactive administration support to the Horizon 3 technology team; interacting with both internal and external customers. The Horizon 3 (H3) technology team, has circa 100 staff with 60-70 of these staff based out of the facility, so experience of working with or interacting with high volumes of people would be desirable.


In support of our global initiative in encouraging our employees back into the office more frequently, this role will see you based onsite between the core hours of 09:30 until 15:30 Monday to Thursday, with a 12:00 noon finish on a Friday; however you need to be flexible around these times as and when the business requires. Within these hours up to 20% of your time will be spent working towards completing your online studies in conjunction with our service provider.

Job Responsibilities


Sitting within our civil business lines, this apprenticeship will provide you with development and training across a wide range of business knowledge, skills and behaviours to include but not limited to:


  • Diary management, ensuring proactive planning and preparation for all appointments.
  • Organise and support meetings for H3 technology based staff. 
  • Comply with site visitor booking process and subsequent meet and greet
  • Support internal and external events for the H3 technology team, include securing appropriate venues, accommodation, catering, travel and facilitation of such events on the day as appropriate.  
  • Support the H3 technology team with all travel to include flight, rail and hotel bookings together with other logistical requirements such as hire car, parking and transfers. To ensure travel restrictions/requirements are fulfilled e.g. ESTA, Visa, Covid and host country regulations. Note – flexibility maybe required around occasional out of hours working and the ability to be contactable if key personnel are travelling and require assistance to secure routes homes due to unexpected travel disruption.
  • Co-ordinate arrangements for new starters/leavers within the H3 technology team – working with HR, IT, finance, security and site operations team for inductions and requisition of all necessary equipment to ensure smooth on boarding.  
  • To offer support to remote working team members, specifically providing travel and diary support to the leadership team based overseas.


You’ll get all the support and guidance you need to help you achieve your apprenticeship, joining a structured 24 month programme working closely with both GKN Aerospace and our service provider. 


Once you are enrolled, you will utilise a dynamic combination of learning online, in person and via a series of webinars and 121 workshops.


As part of your programme you will have access to an online learning programme and an E-portfolio to track your progression, capture evidence, build your professional portfolio and log your off-the-job learning. To support you with your learning you’ll be assigned a mentor who will work closely with you to ensure your learning and achievement of your apprenticeship qualification.

Job Qualifications


In order to be considered for this opportunity you will require the following:


  • GCSE Grade 4 (C) or above in Maths, English and at least 2 other subjects.



  • Enthusiastic, friendly and professional approach
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Comprehensive problem solving ability
  • Fully competent in Microsoft packages; including Word and Excel
  • Self-assured to take your own initiative
  • Honesty, Integrity and Resilience
  • Confident communicator; with a high level of integrity



  • Previous experience in an administrative role; preferably within and Engineering/Technical organisation

What You'll Get:


Once you’re on board you’ll get the following perks and benefits:


  • 2 year Fixed term contract
  • Mileage expenses including Business Insurance Premiums fully reimbursed
  • Industry Leading Pension Scheme; we’ll match your contributions up to 8% on a 1 : 1.5 basis
  • Death in Service cover (Life Assurance) of 8x salary
  • Group Income Protection  
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Shopping Discounts
  • Cycle To Work Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme 
  • Dedicated Wellbeing Champions, qualified in Mental Health First Aid
  • A collaborative, dynamic working environment



Everyone is welcome to apply to GKN.  Through our commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging and by living our five powerful principles we’ve created a culture where everyone feels welcome to contribute.  It’s a culture that won us ‘The Best Workplace Culture Award’ in 2021.  By embracing and celebrating what makes us unique we encourage everyone to bring their full self to work.



We’re also committed to providing an accessible recruitment process, so if you require reasonable adjustments at any stage during our recruitment process please get in touch and let us know.



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