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Business Administrator Apprentice

Date: Mar 28, 2023

Location: Bristol, 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 largest manufacturing site in Filton, reporting into the PA to the Site Director, you’ll be providing administration support engaging with different areas of the site; interacting with both internal and external customers.


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 hours of 08:30 until 16:30 Monday to Thursday, with a 12:00 noon finish on a Friday. Within these hours up to 20% of your time will be spent working towards completing your online studies in conjunction with our service provider.

What You'll Be Doing


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:


  • Providing diary maintenance via Microsoft outlook, facilitation of customer/visitor bookings, capturing minutes, preparing presentations, organising meetings and workshops, facilitation of conference room bookings, maintaining filing systems, travel booking, stationery replenishment, preparation for management meetings and holiday management.
  • Processing expense claims for the managers, plus other members of the team; maintaining expense records.
  • Providing support with onsite guests and events when required.
  • Adhoc regional travel up to 5% in support of PA requirements.
  • Provide holiday cover/support to the General Manager during the absence of the PA; after successful on boarding ad probation period.
  • React positively and quickly to all tasks even when work is routine, ensuring an appropriate response to all calls and correspondence
  • Work towards becoming office custodian for the team/area working within.


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
  • Full UK driving licence and car owner



  • Previous experience in an administrative role


A Great Place to work needs a Great Way of Working


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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