Academy FM Vacancy: Apprentice Sales Assistant

Thanks to Government support, and charitable grant support from the

Kent Community Foundation, Academy FM is recruiting for a

Higher Level Apprentice (L4) working in Sales.


Job Description

A Higher Level Apprenticeship (Level 4) role with a focus on generating income through sales of advertising and sponsorship, with some business administration. The role is partly funded by grants and Government support, and will probably be a 15-month contract (TBC, depending on course start and end dates).

 The primary task is to sell radio advertising & sponsorship and assist in its delivery by:


  • Gaining an understanding of the market and researching and  contacting businesses

  • Meeting potential clients to make sales and grow our client base

  • Liaising with clients regarding their radio commercials

  • Liaising with station management about production of radio commercials

  • Maintaining healthy relations with clients to ensure repeat business

  • Checking financial transactions from advertising clients, and liaising with our Accounts Clerk

  • Keeping records of advertising & sponsorship contracts.

  • Support other station staff by uploading and managing audio files for playout, and editing the broadcast schedule of radio commercials.

  • Updating social media and website with posts about our advertisers and supporters.

  • Assisting on sponsored Outside Broadcasts

Who we are looking for

You might have finished your A-Levels and be looking for a higher level Apprenticeship because you don’t fancy going to University right now. You might be a well-qualified school-leaver looking for an Apprenticeship in business and the media. You might be a 20-something graduate looking for practical experience in a media business, or you might be older and looking for a new challenge. We’re looking for an articulate, outgoing and organised person who is keen to learn. You’ll be positive and well presented, and be able to work independently. You’ll be interested in business and the media, and have the drive to work in sales. You’ll probably live in Folkestone or nearby – local knowledge is important.

Person spec:

  • Education to A-Level / BTEC L3 standard.

  • GCSE passes in English & Maths, plus at least 3 other subjects.

  • Demonstrable interest in business, sales, and the media.

  • A desire to learn and succeed in a sales role where results and personal relationships are important.

  • Good English skills (spoken and written), and numeracy skills (important in understanding the finances of sales & marketing)

  • Experience in things other than being in school or college – e.g. previous employment, sports, cadets, the arts, or other extra-curricular activities.

  • Ability to work without constant supervision, and to think creatively  

  • Good personal skills (for meeting clients, and liaising with staff and volunteers)

  • Good organisational skills, working to a high standard of presentation.

  • Good personal presentation - dressing smartly and appropriately.

  • Competent in Word and Excel.  Ability to learn new processes and software

  • Able to work in Folkestone – please consider where you live before applying.



Level 4 ‘Sales Executive’ Apprenticeship, with training provider The Professional Academy - this will involve training & mentoring sessions, including monthly training days delivered either in London or online. It will include e-learning, independent research and meetings with assessors, plus Tutor support. The course is accredited by the Institute of Sales Management Other training will be delivered in-house by Academy FM staff, with opportunities for training in studio work, audio production and broadcasting.


Contract details

  • Contract duration 15-months (TBC), working hours 37.5hrs per week. Starting early October 2020.

  • Location: Folkestone (Folkestone Academy school site).

  • Leave: 20 days Annual Leave, plus 5 Public Holidays per year. 

  • Annual salary: Basic salary £9,750 per year + sales commission raising it to at least £13,500 if targets are met.


Apply: Covering letter & CV to:  by 5pm, Fri 18th Sept 2020