Admin assistants give support to offices by organising meetings, typing documents and updating computer records.
- Deal with queries on the phone, by email and on social media
- Greet visitors at reception
- Type letters, reports and other business documents
- Update computer records
- Print and photocopy items
- Order office supplies
- Set up meetings and take notes during them
- Make travel arrangements for staff
You could work for a local authority such as Devon County Council, Plymouth City Council or Torbay Council.
You could work in an office or from home
Typical hours are 38-40 a week, normally admin assistants are required 9-5 but depending on the organisation you may need to work other hours such as weekends and evenings.
Starting salary is around £14,000.
Some employers will ask for some GCSEs, usually including English and Maths, however other employers may be more flexible You may also be able to access this role via a supported internship.
College – Getting a college qualification may be helpful for reception work. – you could start off with a Level 1 Certificate in Business and Administration (office administration) if you have no formal qualifications.
You could also apply for an apprenticeship. If you have an EHCP you may be able to apply under the Dfe exemption which allows the apprentice to use Entry Level 3 English and Maths qualifications. The apprentice would have to be competent enough to successfully achieve all other aspects of the apprenticeship requirements, become occupationally competent and achieve Entry Level 3 in English and Maths before the end of their apprenticeship.