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Business, Administration and Finance

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Administration

  • Entry is possible at all levels. While some vacancies are open to people who have few formal qualifications, but who can demonstrate a reasonable level of literacy and numeracy, other roles require degrees or postgraduate qualifications.
  • Employers often look for candidates with keyboard skills and who are confident using a range of software packages.
  • Team working, communication, organisation and problem-solving skills are important, and customer service skills are also required in many jobs. Supervisors and managers also need leadership and decision-making skills.
  • For some roles, specialist qualifications in languages or knowledge of medical or legal terminology may be essential.
  • New entrants may receive on-the-job training and/or attend in-house and external courses.
  • Some employers offer Apprenticeships in administration.
  • Employees may have the opportunity to study for additional qualifications, ranging from NVQs/SVQs at Levels 1 to 4 to a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Business

  • Entry is possible at all levels. While some vacancies are open to people who have few formal qualifications, but who can demonstrate a reasonable level of literacy and numeracy, other roles require degrees or postgraduate qualifications.
  • Strong team working, communication, IT, organisational and problem-solving skills are important, and customer service skills are also required in many jobs. Supervisors and managers also need business, leadership and decision-making skills.
  • For some roles, specialist qualifications in management or human resources may be essential.
  • New entrants may receive on-the-job training and/or attend in-house and external courses.
  • Some employers offer Apprenticeships in business.
  • Employees may have the opportunity to study for additional qualifications, ranging from NVQs/SVQs at Levels 1 to 4 to professional management or human resources qualifications.

Finance

  • There is usually more than one route into most jobs. Some positions require a relevant degree. Vocational qualifications in business administration or IT can help secure jobs in banks and building societies. Maths to at least GCSE standard is usually essential to many jobs - particularly in the financial services sector.
  • This job area is becoming more competitive and many entrants are qualified to level 3 or above.
  • The financial services sector offers opportunities at all levels. There are also opportunities for qualified specialists to work overseas.
  • Skills include working to deadlines and being well organised, plus you'll need a high standard of skills such as communication, customer service, IT, problem solving and team work.
  • The Financial Services Sector Council (FSCC) offers a range of Apprenticeships both in retail financial services and advising on financial products.
  • Employers often provide some support for study, both financial and allowing study leave. Structured in-house training is complemented by professional qualifications in specialist areas such as banking or insurance approved by the Financial Services Authority.

 

For more information about the courses and work-based training on offer locally for 14-19 year olds - why not take a look at your local area prospectus:

For courses in higher education check out the UCAS site

For Apprenticeships check out vacancies on the National Apprenticeship site 

Do you want to find out more about the employability skills asked for by employers?

For job vacancies check out your local Connexions site: