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Payroll Apprentice
  • Employer: Medway Council
  • Reference: REC374JS
  • Published: Mon 13/06/2022, 14:00 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 03/07/2022, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: Level 3 - £200 per week
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR, Kent

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Payroll Apprentice

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and committed Payroll Apprentice to join the Payroll Team within the HR Services Department.

This is an excellent opportunity for a driven individual to gain a level 3 qualification as a Payroll Administrator whilst working for a large, diverse, rapidly changing forward thinking organisation.

You will be working in a busy fast paced payroll team, assisting with the delivery of a comprehensive payroll and pensions service for Medway Council, Gravesham Borough Council and other associated External Business including Academies and Schools.

We are looking to recruit a dynamic and motivated individual with the right attitude who is keen to learn new skills and develop their payroll knowledge and experience.


Main Purpose of the Job Role

Ensure good communication with all managers, staff and stakeholders, working towards providing a high level of customer service and resolving queries efficiently and effectively so salary payments are accurate.

Assist with the day-to-day payroll administration (data input, payroll calculations, reconciliation, filing and checking reports) seeking advice when necessary to help develop your own skills and knowledge.

Ability to plan and manage own workload taking instructions from the Payroll Team Leader.

Working as part of the team in to provide a high level of customer service, resolving queries efficiently and effectively.

A Medway Council Apprenticeship will give you the opportunity to earn a salary and gain a qualification whilst gathering invaluable workplace skills and experience.

An opportunity has arisen for a motivated and enthusiastic Payroll Apprentice to join the Payroll & Pensions Team within the HR Service Department. This is a great chance to gain the Business Administrator Advanced Apprenticeship (Payroll level 3 qualification)

As part of this role, you will be working as part of a team delivering the payroll function, your tasks will be focused on the accurate processing and administration of the payroll system to enable the organisation to provide excellent service to its customers.


For Level 3 Apprentice’s - The Business Administrator Apprenticeship is a two year programme incorporating real work experience and learning, to gain the knowledge and development of skills and behaviours to successfully complete the programme. This apprenticeship involves approximately 18 months on the job development, followed by an end point assessment consisting of a knowledge test, a presentation on the project completed; and a discussion on the portfolio of learning and development produced during the apprenticeship. A grading of either Pass or Distinction is achievable.

Ideally you will have good communication and interpersonal skills, combined with competent IT skills, accurate data entry along with a good attention to detail.


Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile.

As an Apprentice with Medway Council, you will be a valued member of our Apprenticeship Academy. We will encourage and support you to realise your potential. You will have the opportunity to learn from colleagues who are experts in their field and gain insights that can only come from real world experience

We will support you every step of the way for you to succeed in your apprenticeship and help you to become the best version of yourself.

An openness to review and reflect on your performance and progress is important as well as the willingness to accept feedback that will help you to develop and grow in this role.

Medway Council’s Apprenticeship Academy extends to all our Apprentices a guarantee that their apprenticeship qualifications will be regularly monitored and quality assured with the respective training providers. 


In return we offer you:

  • 23 days paid annual leave
  • Generous local government pension
  • Access to wider training and development qualifications
  • Flexible working scheme
  • Free NUS Apprentice Extra Card- student discounts at 100’s of retailers
  • Student rates for Medway Council Leisure Centres
  • Student rates for Medway Council Libraries plus free e-books
  • Discounted Arriva bus travel


Important Information

Interviews are likely to be held face to face at Gun Wharf.  Full details on how this will work will be sent to you, if your application is successfully shortlisted.    

If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager call Sarah Saunders on 01634 332217.

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.  All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.

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We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.