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HR Apprentice

The Mercian Trust
Walsall, West Midlands
APP 1 £ 11,667 - APP 6 £23,500 (Dependent on age and experience)
Closing date
19 Jul 2024

About the Mercian Trust

The Mercian Trust was incorporated in January 2018 and governs nine secondary schools, including selective grammar schools, large comprehensives, an alternative provision free school and a studio school. Six of the Trust’s schools are located in Walsall: Queen Mary’s High School, Queen Mary’s Grammar School, Walsall Studio School, The Ladder School, Aldridge School, and Shire Oak Academy. Three of our schools; Q3 Tipton, Q3 Langley and Q3 Great Barr, are located in Sandwell.

Trust ethos & values

Our name is rooted in history and expresses a geographical identity and ambition. The ancient kingdom of Mercia encompassed much of what we now recognise as the West Midlands – and crucially for us it included what we now call the Black Country. It was in Mercia that St Chad established an association of small monasteries which fostered unity through bonds of kinship.

Now, a thousand years later, we look to demonstrate the same spirit in our approach. We are a family of schools committed to each other – diverse in nature, proud custodians of our history and success, but together, one charitable Trust with a common purpose.

Our Trust exists to equip our students to live life to the full.

Our mission is increasing opportunities and improving outcomes to enable our students to:

  • Realise their potential.
  • Thrive in the world of work.
  • Make a positive contribution to the local, national and international community.

 Our values are:

  • Excellence and Rigour
  • Challenge and Support
  • Safety and Wellbeing
  • Acceptance and Applause

Mission Statement:

The Role: 

The HR Apprentice will work within the HR Centralised Team and provide general HR administration support, working across The Mercian Trust as necessary. 

This role will provide an opportunity to gain significant experience within a busy and varied department. The successful candidate will provide support helping with all stages of the recruitment cycle, new starters, maintaining staff records (both digital and paper) and ensuring compliance with statutory regulations. 

The post-holder will be provided with the help and support to undertake the CIPD Level 3 accredited, HR Support Apprenticeship. It is expected that the post-holder will develop their skillset throughout the duration of the role and will be exposed to more areas of HR as they progress. 

The Mercian MAT Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Safeguarding and Safer Recruitment Policies can be found on our website. This position is subject to appropriate vetting procedures including a criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) which will require you to disclose details of all unspent and unfiltered spent reprimands, formal warnings, cautions and convictions as part of the recruitment process.

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