Apprentice Administrative Assistants - 1818 Auctioneers, J36 Rural Auction Centre.

The management at 1818 Auctioners are looking to offer 2 Apprentice Administrative Assistants the opportunity to join their busy and sucessful team; working as part of their experienced team, in reception and administration. This would be an excellent opportunity to develop skills in business administration and customer service for a career in the industry.  

Employer Description: 1818 are an auction house dealing with goods from house clearances, through to high end Fine Arts and Antiques. We hold weekly general sales and specialist auctions.   You can find out more about the business at:

Responsibilities will include:

  • Meeting and greeting clients
  • Setting up client accounts
  • Receiving and coding goods from clients
  • Answering the telephone and taking accurate messages
  • Helping unpack and lot goods
  • Using IT skills to catalogue goods
  • Photographing lots
  • Updating internet sales platform
  • Uploading condition reports to website
  • Packing and postage
  • Generally assisting the team
  • Assisting with sale viewings
  • Production of paper catalogue
  • Managing post. 

This will lead to: 

  • Managing internet bidding during sales
  • Taking payments
  • Increased responsibilities to enhance development.


Requirements and Prospects:

Desired skills

  • IT skills including Word and Excel
  • Good time management
  • Good people skills
  • Represent the values and image of 1818 auctioneers
  • Be adaptable and prepared for the opportunity to develop a large amount of skills
  • A good and professional telephone manner

Personal qualities

  • Open
  • Honest
  • Outgoing
  • Willing to learn and improve

Qualifications required: 

  • Recognised qualification in: Maths, English and ICT. 

Future prospects:

  • The opportunity to join a professional team within a growing company. Develop into a role of responsibility and potential future leadership.
  • Things to consider
  • This role would involve working Saturdays at least twice a month.

Training provider:

The BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration (QCF) is for learners who work in, or who want to work in Business Administration in job roles such as - Administrator, Business Support Officer, Office Junior, Receptionist, Membership Administrators, Personal Administrators, Administration Assistants, etc.

It gives learners the opportunity to:

  • Develop and demonstrate technical and wider sector-related knowledge to underpin competence. This includes the principles and practices underpinning the core tasks and responsibilities related to the job roles above as well as wider work-related knowledge such as organisational structure and environment, the use of research in business, equality and diversity and the legal context of business.
  • Develop and demonstrate a range of technical skills and behaviours that supports competence in the job roles stated above. This includes communicating verbally and in writing, preparing business documents, organising and supporting meetings and events and managing information and diary systems.
  • Develop their own personal growth and engagement in learning through the development of personal, learning and thinking skills (PLTS).
  • Have existing skills recognised.


What will I learn?

Apprenticeships allow you to gain qualifications whilst working.

Within the course you will learn a variety of skills and knowledge including -

- Communicate in a business environment
- Understand Employer Organisations
- Principles or Providing Administrative Services
- Principles of Business Document Production and Information Management
- Manage Personal Performance and Development
- Develop Working Relationships with Colleagues
- Collate and Report data
- Manage Diary Systems
- Provide Administrative Support for Meetings
- Store and Retrieve Information
- Administer Finance
- Administer Human Resource Records

Functional skills in Maths, ICT and English would be completed if required. These are the essential and highly valued skills that we use in our everyday lives, both at work and at home, that allow you to contribute more effectively to the business you work in and achieve your full potential.

Apprenticeship Framework: Business and Administration. 

Hours of work:

32 hours per week (including college day release), plus 4 hours on alternate Saturdays.


National Minimum wage for age groups (this is above the National Apprenticeship Minimum Wage)


J36 Rural Auction Centre, Crooklands, Milnthorpe LA7 7PF

Closing date:

12 May 2017

How to apply:

To apply for this position view the full deatils and how to apply via the website on:

Bill Nelson, the recruiting manager would be happy to answer any questions you may have, Bill can be conatcted on:

Be sure to take your time when completing this application, ensure you consider all the required skills and resposibilities and what you can offer.  If you would like any support in completing this application, you can access support from Student Services at Kendal College on 01539 814725.