Business and Administration Apprenticeships

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What will I be doing? 

Administrators deal with the essential day-to-day tasks that enable the Parliament to function. There are about 100 administrator roles at Holyrood and these jobs are crucial to the running of the Parliament, taking care of details and making sure that things get done!  During your apprenticeship you’ll: 

  • carry out real work that contributes to the organisation
  • work in in teams with different colleagues and customers, meeting new people from across the Parliament 
  • have busy and varied days: organising and making arrangements, writing to people, on the phone, using online and digital technology
  • support and help colleagues and customers, including MSPs
  • gain specialist knowledge about what your team does, and help you think about future career paths
  • get involved in projects and networks and have a chance bring your ideas to help shape what the Parliament does

You’ll get a great grounding in how the Parliament works and when you qualify you’ll have the chance to apply for permanent jobs with us. Nearly all of the apprentices who have started with us have gone on to get permanent jobs here!

What’s in it for me?

You’ll get the opportunity to develop your office and admin skills through carrying out real work. When you qualify at the end of your apprenticeship you’ll be in a great place to apply for permanent jobs with us - nearly all of the apprentices who have gone through the programme have gone on to get permanent jobs here!

You’ll also get an SVQ level 3 in Business & Administration, through on-the -job assessment - no exams or tests.

We’re offering:

  • a salary of £17,699 when you start. If you qualify and are successful in getting a permanent job you’ll get £21,837. With our pay-progression rules this means you’d be on around £26,000 in 3 years!
  • 30 days annual leave and 11½ days public holidays

  • our full time hours are 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday.  We’ve got a great flexi-time system, so with the agreement of your manager you can decide what time to start work in the morning and when you leave at night. We're happy to talk about flexible working patterns.

  • support for your learning and development

  • a one year fixed term contract

  • interest free loans to help you get started with us, such as advances for travel season tickets

What do I need to apply?

Our apprenticeships are open to anyone living in Scotland aged 16-24 (or 29 years for candidates with a disability or wo are care experienced), who doesn’t already have an SVQ at Level 3 (or higher qualification than this).

We’re looking for talented young people who are motivated and are keen to learn in the workplace. You need to be committed to carrying out your apprenticeship with us. You need an awareness of what an apprenticeship involves and what you want to get from it at the end. You’ll get lots of support from us and we’ll push you to achieve your potential.

We’re interested in how you communicate and how you get along with people. We’ll be assessing this during the recruitment process, along with your IT/digital skills and how you make decisions and deal with things.  We’ll also be evaluating your potential to develop these skills – and new ones - to succeed in the role.

We’ll also be assessing your values to see how they match ours.  We want to find out what you enjoy doing, what you are good at, what motivates you and gives you a sense of satisfaction.

Applications open on 31 May and close on 28 June.  Interviews and assessment will be at the end of the July with start dates at the beginning of September. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about our Apprenticeship Programme.

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Our Apprentices' Stories

Most of our previous apprentices have gone on to get permanent jobs here. Here are some of their stories.

Information pack

Apprenticeship Programme 2019 Informations Pack

Application Pack(2.6Mb PDF)

Application Pack - Text Only Version(40Kb, Word)

Tom, Creative Digital Media Apprentice


"When I was at school teachers considered me an academic learner, although all the subjects I excelled at were subjects that had a practical element to them. Following school, I went on to study a degree in Politics and Journalism and quickly realised that the learning style wasn’t for me. It was more reading, and a lot less doing. So, the opportunity to work and learn at the same time was something I couldn’t pass up". Find out more about Tom's story.

Mamunoor, Space Planner Administrator and previous Apprentice

"My family were pretty proud and very encouraging. It’s great I can get away to mosque on Friday, and that there’s a contemplation/prayer room, as that’s a question I had before I started. I’m trying to work myself up - hopefully I’ll be Chief Exec one day!" Find out more about Mamunoor's story.

Amy, Committee Assistant and former Apprentice

"I provide support organising my committee's meetings. I need to liaise with MSPs, witnesses and other stakeholders.  I draft agendas, minutes and manage correspondence and written evidence, and deal with enquiries from witnesses or members of the public.  I'm also responsible for updating the committee’s website and twitter feed. I would highly recommend a Scottish Parliament Apprenticeship to anyone interested. It has been an outstanding experience with many incredible opportunities". Find out more about Amy's story.

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