The work may include:
Salaries range from around £12,000 to over £25,000 a year.
Administrative assistants/administrators should:
Competency in English and maths is essential, and employers may look for a post-16 qualification at Level 3 as a minimum. Work experience in an office environment is highly recommended. Young Apprenticeships, Apprenticeships and Advanced Apprenticeships in business and administration are available, as is the Diploma in business and administration. Many candidates continue their education post-16 taking vocational courses and qualifications in business and administration, including foundation degrees and degrees.
Training is usually on the job under the supervision of experienced colleagues. Some organisations provide in-house and external courses. There are NVQs in business and administration at Levels 1 to 5. Administrative assistants/administrators may choose to study for a foundation degree in business administration.
Administrative assistants' skills are highly transferable. Opportunities for progression include moving into supervisory or management roles, or becoming a personal assistant. With further qualifications and training there are also opportunities to specialise.