Some entrants are graduates, usually with at least 2 years' relevant experience.
You might be able to work your way up from being an administrative assistant, with part time study for an SVQ, NC or NQ (SCQF Levels 4-6) or HNC (SCQF Level 7) in Business and Administration or a similar subject.
You might get in through a Modern or Technical Apprenticeship in Business and Administration and work your way up.
As an alternative, you could take an HNC or HND (SCQF Level 8) or a degree (SCQF Levels 9-10) in administration or business studies before entering your first job.
You need 1-2 Highers for entry to an HNC or HND and 3-5 Highers for a degree.
You would need previous work experience in an office, usually in a supervisory job.
You need good IT skills.
What Does it Take?
You should be able to:
make decisions and deal with unexpected situations
deal with several matters at once
work in a team
give and receive helpful criticism
remain calm, even when very busy.
You should have:
good IT skills
confidence and assertiveness
tact and diplomacy
good organisational skills
willingness to take responsibility.
If you do a Modern Apprenticeship, you would complete an SVQ in Business and Administration at SCQF Level 5 and 6. A Technical Apprenticeship is available at SCQF Level 8.
Training is usually on the job, sometimes through a company training scheme.
You could do courses in health and safety, supervisory management, project management or relevant advanced IT.
If you do not have a formal qualification such as SVQ, HNC, HND or degree, you could study part time for one while you are working.