Business and Administration

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Applications have now closed.  We will be contacting Business & Administration applicants in week beginning to tell them about the outcome of their application in week beginning 12 June.  If you get through to the next stage we will ask you to complete an online assessment during week beginning 19 June.  If you do well in this we will ask you to come to an interview and assessment at Holyrood during week beginning 3 July.

Check our recruitment guidance tool for info and advice about testing and interviews.

What will I be doing?

Administrators handle the essential day-to-day tasks that allow the Parliament to function. There are about 100 administrator roles at Holyrood and these jobs are crucial to the running of the Parliament, taking care of details and making sure that things get done. Without them, information would be hard to find, meetings would be missed and we’d all be less productive!


  • work in in teams with different colleagues and customers, meeting new people from across the Parliament 
  • have busy and varied days: making arrangements, writing to people, on the phone, using online and digital technology
  • get involved in projects and networks and a chance bring your ideas to help shape what the Parliament does.

What do I need?

First of all you’ll need to be committed to carrying out your apprenticeship with us. You need an awareness of what an apprenticeship involves and what you want to get from it at the end. You’ll get lots of support from us and we’ll push you to achieve your potential.

When you upload your CV there are three things you need to tell us in your supporting statement:
• why you want to do the Business and Administration apprenticeship?
• what do you want to get out of it?
• why you want to do an apprenticeship with us?

What will I be tested on?

We’re interested in how you write and communicate and how you get along with people. We’ll be testing this during the recruitment process, along with your IT/digital abilities and how you make decisions and deal with things. We’ll also be assessing your potential to develop these skills – and new ones - to succeed in the roles.

These apprenticeships will last up to 1 year with the potential to apply for permanent post with the Parliament at the end. Salary is £16,949 per annum.

link to recruitment guidance tool


Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about the 2017 Apprenticeship Programme

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What's in it for you?

What you need to know about pay, hours holidays and other terms.

Amy, Committee Assistant and former Apprentice

"I provide support organising my committee's meetings. I need to liaise with MSPs, witnesses and other stakeholders.  I draft agendas, minutes and manage correspondence and written evidence, and deal with enquiries from witnesses or members of the public.  I'm also responsible for updating the committee’s website and twitter feed. I would highly recommend a Scottish Parliament Apprenticeship to anyone interested. It has been an outstanding experience with many incredible opportunities". Find out more about Amy's story.

James, Office Administrator and former Apprentice


"A typical day in the Solicitors Office is different because you can’t fully plan your working day or week and tasks could come from any of the three legal teams in the office, the group head or from the wider organisation.  Most of the duties that I undertake are to support the Office Manager, the Group Head and the solicitors to ensure that they get the admin support they need. 

I almost never applied and I’m now in a permanent post, which I never ever thought would have been possible. It’s not just about how many highers or degrees you have or what you have on paper. It’s about you as a person and whether you’re capable of doing the job and have a willingness to learn in areas that require development."  Find out more about James's story.