Apprentice Team Leader

Business Area

Contact Centres, Support




Contract Type

Full Time



Closing Date


Company description



This is the job

Location: Cheadle

Full Time/Perm

Shift Patterns: Monday to Friday 10:00-18:15

Responsible for the leadership and management of a team of apprentices within a customer contact centre.


What will I be doing?

  • Delivers world class customer sales and service through excellent team performance in an environment of constant change.
  • Promotes and actively supports the culture of the AA by demonstrating company values.
  • Accountable for the ability of the apprentice team to resolve all customer dissatisfaction at first point of contact.
  • Proactively manages contact with customers where their experience has not been up to their expectations.
  • Is responsible for the achievement of sales and service targets/standards for the team, aligned to balanced scorecard measurement criteria. Reviews statistical/performance data as appropriate.
  • Responsible for the recruitment, development, apprenticeship qualification and personal coaching of team members and is accountable for delivering a high performance team.
  • Creates a working environment where continuous improvement, learning and development and an excellent customer experience is the norm.
  • Works effectively with others, showing consideration and support for colleagues in other teams, in order to promote a caring and enjoyable employee experience, simultaneously achieving high performance.
  • Manages budgets within predetermined financial constraints.
  • Oversees the effectiveness of service level agreements delivered by third party suppliers including apprenticeship training providers and escalate internally appropriately.
  • Liaises with support units such as resourcing/telephony to maximize resources.
  • Ensures call handling/service delivery targets are met.
  • Together with the recruitment team, attend local school/college career events to promote the apprenticeship programme


What do I need?

  • Previous experience and/or demonstrable ability to manage, develop and coach people – preferably in a service or sales delivery type of environment.
  • Must be able to demonstrate good communication skills, both at one to one level, and in presentation form; verbally and in writing.
  • Must be able to demonstrate active listening skills.
  • Effective coaching skills and a role model to young person.
  • Good standard of literacy and numeracy.
  • Is able to gather appropriate information by asking relevant questions in order to clearly identify the customer’s needs.
  • Is able to organise data and identify key facts and issues.
  • Able to demonstrate good problem solving expertise.
  • Asks open ended questions to explore problems and issues.
  • Allows adequate preparation time and is well organised.
  • Able to prioritise effectively and identify and resolve time conflicts.
  • Must have an understanding of the English education system and Apprenticeships.
  • Must have an understanding of the Apprenticeship governance and processes.
  • Good stakeholder management both externally (customers, training providers, education bodies) and internally (senior managers, early careers team).
  • Must understand the requirements of the business against the requirements of the Apprenticeship programme and is able to manage these conflicts effectively.


Has demonstrated the following abilities and competencies:

  • Coaches and develops Apprentices
  • Cultivates a high performing team
  • Delivers team meetings and presentations in a clear, logical and interesting manner.
  • Good deployment of management skills around setting of performance objectives, conducting performance reviews, devising and implementing training and development plans.
  • Ensures team consistently meets targets and objectives.
  • Is able to lift and motivate the team when the going gets tough.
  • Deploys creative ways to communicate with the team, and motivate them to achieve more.
  • Understands how the business works and the impact of decisions made on profitability.
  • Maintains awareness of outside market conditions, regulatory requirements and competitor activities.
  • Keeps up to date with developments and ensures that own skills and that of the team are updated.
  • Actively works with peers to promote partnerships between teams to foster a positive synergistic approach.


Education and Qualifications:

  • Has learned how to use the system and has acquired an appropriate level of product knowledge around all the core products, plus that appropriate to a second level of contact e.g. claims, complaints, complex risks etc.
  • Has an understanding of the T&C framework and understand how the Apprenticeship programme works with in line with these requirements.