The Payroll Administrator
Level 3 Apprenticeship

The GPA is committed to the development of payroll professionals. We are excited to announce the launch of the Payroll Administrator Level 3 Apprenticeship Programme. To continue our ongoing commitment to the payroll profession, we have written and developed the bespoke GPA Apprenticeship programme specifically to the Apprenticeship Standard in association with payroll consultant Kate Upcraft.

Course Description

Delivered with a blended learning experience, integrating online course modules and tutor-led classes, the course covers four Core module groups:

  • Payroll Core
  • Payroll Technical
  • Pensions for Payroll
  • Regulation and Compliance

Each learner will have their progress overseen via the purpose-built GPA TAG Assessment tool.

At level 3, this programme offers an entry point for anyone currently working in a payroll function, in HR or wider finance, or for those who are looking to begin a career in payroll.

The Apprenticeship Programme is for new and existing employees, this is the perfect solution for training your payroll team.

Around 18 months, depending on existing payroll experience.

Is your company’s annual payroll bill above £3M? If yes, your company pays the Apprenticeship Levy and you can use these funds. The funding band is £9,000.

If not, your company can access 95% funding from Co-Investment Fund.

Often referred to as EPA, this point comes when the apprentice has completed all sections of their course and their Mentor is confident that they have the skills and knowledge to pass the final assessment.

The assessment is carried out by an external organisation who will visit and may require completion of some daily tasks or may even request a presentation.

The tutor will work closely with apprentices to ensure they are fully prepared for EPA and equipped with the mindset and skillset to pass the final assessment.

  • Be recognised for commitment to excellence in your own practices
  • Stay ahead of others in the industry
  • Formally demonstrate your skills to your employer and your team
  • Be inspired to focus further on your continuous development
  • Join our community and remain updated on any changes

Investing in your workforce contributes to a sense of feeling valued at work, in turn, it can:

  • Reduce absenteeism
  • Increase retention
  • Stimulate confidence and job satisfaction
  • Assist wellbeing
  • Boost productivity
  • Develop consistency
  • Increase business outcomes

Each individual will be assigned an experienced Mentor who has been working within the payroll industry at a senior level.

Each learner will have access to specialist apprenticeship payroll forum and GPA Network App with access to apprenticeship forum.

In addition, we will provide:

  • Regular one-to-one keep in touch sessions with their Mentor
  • One-to-one coaching and tutoring
  • Webinars
  • Conferences
  • Podcasts
  • Access to fellow learners and networking opportunities

  • Via Zoom or similar software
  • One-to-one workshops and tutoring
  • Face to face workshops

Our Mentors are Payroll experts who have held positions within the Payroll industry as a Consultant, Director or Manager for a number of years. Each Mentor has experience in managing teams and also processing payrolls across a variety of industries and for different payroll variances.

Talk to the GPA about your requirements, our team will take the pain out of onboarding your team. We will work with you to ensure that the learner can start at your convenience.