Level-up your career in payroll with professional training and a nationally recognised qualification

Level 3 Payroll
Administrator
Summary

Choose a career that pays.

Payroll Administrators will, typically, have responsibility for setting up and operating the payroll within the organisation in which they are employed or on behalf of another organisation. The role may be located within a business / organisation or in a payroll bureau, bookkeeping or accounting practice, or professional services company. The job may sit within the HR or Finance function.

In medium to large organisations, a Payroll Administrator may work as part of a team, often reporting to a team leader, supervisor or manager. In smaller organisations, a Payroll Administrator may be a stand-alone role with sole responsibility for the payroll function. Additionally, and depending on their role within the organisation, a Payroll Administrator may also have responsibility for the accurate and timely completion of routine and non-routine payroll-related calculations and other information. 

The main duties may typically include:

Gathering, creation and processing of payroll-related information to ensure employees are paid on time and accurately. This will be via payroll software, though it’s use must be accompanied by the ability to perform this manuallyCompliance with legislative and contractual obligationsInternal and external reporting of payroll information to deadlinesEffective and appropriate communication with employees and relevant stakeholdersWorking to relevant ethical and professional standards in a legislative and regulatory environment that is constantly changing

Competence within the payroll occupation is demonstrated in this Standard by the required Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours detailed below.


OVERVIEW

15-18 Months

Average time taken to complete the apprenticeship and end point assessment

Regular intakes

Our intake is open all year round, with course start dates every 3 months

Quality

Course materials are updated regularly by the Global Payroll Association to keep up with regulation changes

Funding

Access £9,000 from the Apprenticeship Levy to cover 100% of the cost. If your company doesn’t pay the Levy, you’ll still receive 95% funding

Expert tutors

Our programme is created and delivered exclusively by renowned Payroll experts and consultants who are known and trusted for their expert knowledge of Payroll

Flexible delivery

There is no ‘one size fits all’ with our apprenticeship programs. Our delivery is flexible and can be adapted to meet the needs of the employer or learner

Delivered by leading Payroll experts

Student Mentor

Kate Upcraft AMBCS, mGPA

Kate is a regular conference speaker, lecturer and writer on legislative issues, including tax and National Insurance, benefits and the whole range of employer compliance responsibilities.

She undertakes consultancy work with employers and payroll agents assisting them with topics such as payroll health checks, national minimum wage and auto-enrolment, systems selection and departmental re-engineering.

Kate is the vice chair of the ICAEW Employment Taxes and NI committee and Chair of the pan professional Reward and Employment Engagement Forum. Prior to setting up her own company in 2005, she was the Payroll Legislation Manager at M&S, for whom she worked for 20 years, eleven of them in payroll.

What you need to know

Who is the programme suitable for?

Individuals who typically, have responsibility for setting up and operating the payroll within the organisation in which they are employed or on behalf of another organisation. The role may be located within a business / organisation or in a payroll bureau, bookkeeping or accounting practice, or professional services company. The job may sit within the HR or Finance function.

Is there an exam?

There is no exam however there is an End Point Assessment or EPA at the end of the Apprenticeship which is conducted independently by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers

  1. Multiple Choice Questions, completed under exam conditions with an invigilator, lasting 2 hours
  2. Role Simulation, completed under exam conditions with an invigilator, lasting 3 hours
  3. A Professional Discussion

What are the costs involved?

The funding band for this apprenticeship is £9000.00 which is deduced in monthly from your employer Apprenticeship Levy account our Co-investment fund. There are no additional fees to pay.

How long does it take to complete?

Depending on your knowledge and experience, the programme is designed to be completed over an 18 month period.

How is the course delivered?

The course is a blend of online course materials and assessments along with virtual classes which are led by Payroll professionals. You’ll also receive a personal coach with significant Payroll experience.

When can I start?

Intakes are every 3 or 4 months throughout the year and can take 2-4 weeks to process your apprenticeship sign up, so please bear this in mind when selecting an intake window.

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