Apprentice Business Improvement Officer - First Ark - REF: K028

The First Ark Group is one of the largest providers of social housing in the North West of England.  Knowsley Housing Trust is part of the First Ark Group based in Knowsley.  It manages more than 14,000 high quality homes at affordable rents and deliver a variety of related services to customers across the borough. It is now recruiting apprentices to support the delivery of the service.

Key responsibilities for the role:

  • Must be able to complete an apprenticeship framework in Business Admin NVQ Level 2
  • Provide administrative support to the Business Improvement function, e.g. minute taking
  • Assist the Service Improvement Managers with day to day delivery of project and improvement activity including data gathering and analysis
  • Actively support workshop facilitation and presentations to teams across the business
  • Work with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders to understand requirements and deliver projects
  • Provide support and guidance to internal colleagues about the business improvement function and methodology 

Key skills to be successful in your application:

  • Qualifications required/predicted – 3 GCSE’s grade C and above/ 4-7 including English and Maths
  • Good organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills – written and verbal
  • Good keyboard and IT skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative and a desire to learn and ability to question
  • Good timekeeping, attendance and punctuality
 

Location: Knowsley
Contracted hours: 35
Hourly rate of pay: National Minimum Wage

How to apply: 
1. Download and complete the application form 

2. Return it via email to theknowsleyapprentice@knowsley.gov.uk

Closing date for applications: Thursday 11 July 2019

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If you would like support completing your application form, please email theknowsleyapprentice@knowsley.gov.uk with the subject heading 'Application Support’