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HR Apprentice

Apprenticeship at Howdens Joinery

HR Apprentice

Apprenticeship at Howdens Joinery

  • LocationWatford, UK
  • Position levelApprenticeship
  • Job period iconFull-time employment
  • Application deadline iconPosted on 03 Sep, 2018
  • Start date iconStart date:
  • Visa iconVisa Sponsor
  • CompetitiveCompetitive

HR Apprentice

This is a work based training program designed as a HR Apprenticeship, offering a combination of on the job HR administration experience, job related in house training and the opportunity to study the CIPD Level 3 Certificate in Human Resource Practice. There will also be an opportunity to shadow different roles within HR & Learning and Development to gain a rounded understanding of HR as a function.

While apprentices are not guaranteed permanent employment following completion of their apprenticeship programme, the Company would hope to retain them where possible. Therefore, provided the apprentice has been successful throughout the programme, the manager will review any suitable vacancies during the final months/weeks of the apprenticeship to secure on-going employment.

Responsibilities in brief

  • To gain an understanding of all areas of the HR and L&D functions through on the job learning, shadowing and by completing the CIPD Level 3 certificate in HR Practice.
  • Jointly with HR colleagues assist in the delivery and smooth operation of a comprehensive advice and administration service to the satisfaction of internal customers and in compliance with legal requirements.
  • Jointly with HR colleagues accurately process over 650 transactions per month, ensuring that they are completed within the required time-scales set by legislation, Payroll, the Company and HR.
  • Process incoming correspondence (phone, email, fax, post) appropriately to ensure that it is received by the appropriate person or actioned in a timely manner and ensure that outgoing post is processed within the required time-scales.
  • Administer employees’ terms and conditions of employment from point of recruitment to leaving the business, ensuring that all correspondence generated is accurate, completed to a high standard of accuracy and that the electronic filing of the documentation is in compliance with department procedures.
  • Accurately maintain the department’s paperless document management system so that comprehensive records are maintained and documents can be easily retrieved when required.
  • Effectively utilise the Microsoft office software, HRIS and other internal computerised systems to produce accurate work/reports of high quality in the most efficient manner and to ensure that daily/weekly reporting is completed within the appropriate time-scale.
  • Escalate or refer complex HR issues and cases and any associated documents to competent colleagues to ensure that they are effectively addressed.
  • Liaise with other business departments, e.g. Payroll to ensure that queries and questions are speedily and accurately addressed.
  • Working with HR colleagues, maintain the background information on the HR system relating to depots and role hierarchy.
  • Spending time shadowing:
  • HR Advisory Team
  • Business Partners
  • Recruitment Advisor
  • HR Systems and Analytics Advisor
  • L&D Team

Skills & experience

  • GCSE in both Maths and English
  • Must be a team worker who is process driven
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Ability to learn new policies, processes and systems quickly
  • Excellent organisational skills and enjoy multi-tasking with a ‘hands-on’ attitude
  • Ability to prioritise differing workloads

Howdens deeply value team working and reward our people in line with individual and team success through a competitive package of benefits including;

  • Highly competitive salary plus bonus
  • Matched contribution pension scheme
  • 24 days holiday (excluding Bank holidays)
  • Staff discount on Howdens products
  • Share awards and prize draws
  • Subsidised gym membership
  • Modern spacious offices with free parking

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