Customer Service Specialist - Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard

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Customer Service Specialist - Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard
Overview

Role
Customer Service Specialist
Overview of Role
A professional for direct customer support within all sectors and organisation types.
Reference
ST0071
Level
3
Duration
15 Months
Suitable for Roles Within
Customer Service, Sales, Support Teams, Hospitality, Contact Centres, Retail, Webchat, Service Industry or customer service point.
Locations
All sectors, industries and organisation types.
End Point Assessment
City and Guilds
Start Date
Flexible around the needs of the business
Progression
Completion of this apprenticeship will lead to eligibility to join the Institute of Customer Service as an Individual member at Professional level. Should you choose to progress on a customer service career path, you may be eligible for further professional membership including management.
Maximum Price

£4000

Prices are negotiable depending on the nature of the delivery model agreed.

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Customer Service Specialist - Level 3 Standard
Content

Knowledge

Business Knowledge and Understanding
Understand what continuous improvement means in a service environment and how your recommendations for change impact your organisation.
Understand the impact your service provision has on the wider organisation and the value it adds.
Understand your organisation’s current business strategy in relation to customers and make recommendations for its future.
Understand the principles and benefits of being able to think about the future when taking action or making service related decisions.
Understand a range of leadership styles and apply them successfully in a customer service environment.
Customer Journey Knowledge
Understand and critically evaluate the possible journeys of your customers, including challenges and the end-to-end experience.
Understand the reasons why customer issues and complex situations sometimes need referral or escalation for specialist attention.
Understand the underpinning business processes that support you in bringing about the best outcome for customers and your organisation.
Understand commercial factors and authority limits for delivering the required customer experience.
Knowing your customers and their needs/ Customer Insight
Know your internal and external customers and how their behaviour may require different approaches from you.
Understand how to analyse, use and present a range of information to provide customer insight.
Understand what drives loyalty, retention and satisfaction and how they impact on your organisationUnderstand different customer types and the role of emotions in bringing about a successful outcome.
Understand different customer types and the role of emotions in bringing about a successful outcome.
Understand how customer expectations can differ between cultures, ages and social profiles.
Customer service culture and environment awareness
Keep current, knowledge and understanding of regulatory considerations, drivers and impacts in relation to how you deliver for customers.
Understand your business environment and culture and the position of customer service within it.
Understand your organisation structure and what role each department needs to play in delivering Customer Service and what the consequences are should things go wrong.
Understand how to find and use industry best practice to enhance own knowledge.

Skills

Business focused service delivery
Demonstrate a continuous improvement and future focussed approach to customer service delivery including decision making and providing recommendations or advice.
Resolve complex issues by being able to choose from and successfully apply a wide range of approaches.
Find solutions that meet your organisations needs as well as the customer requirements.
Providing a positive customer experience
Through advanced questioning, listening and summarising negotiate mutually beneficial outcomes.
Manage challenging and complicated situations within your level of authority and make recommendations to enable and deliver change to service or strategy.
Use clear explanations, provide options and solutions to influence and help customers make choices and agree next steps.
Explore and interpret the customer experience to inform and influence achieving a positive result for customer satisfaction.
Demonstrate a cost conscious mind-set when meeting customer and the business needs.
Identifying where highs and lows of the customer journey produce a range of emotions in the customer.
Use written and verbal communication to simplify and provide complex information in a way that supports positive customer outcome in the relevant format.
Working with your customers / customer insights
Proactively gather customer feedback, through a variety of methods. Critically analyse, and evaluate the meaning, implication and facts and act upon it.
Analyse your customer types, to identify or anticipate their potential needs and expectations when providing your service.
Customer service performance
Maintain a positive relationship even when you are unable to deliver the customer’s expected outcome.
When managing referrals or escalations take into account historical interactions and challenges to determine next steps.
Service improvement
Analyse the end to end service experience, seeking input from others where required, supporting development of solutions.
Make recommendations based on your findings to enable improvement.
Make recommendations and implement where possible, changes in line with new and relevant legislation, regulations and industry best practice.

Behaviours / Attitude

Develop self
Proactively keep your service, industry and best practice knowledge and skills up-to-date.
Consider personal goals related to service and take action towards achieving them.
Ownership/ Responsibility
Personally commit to and take ownership for actions to resolve customer issues to the satisfaction of the customer and your organisation.
Exercises proactivity and creativity when identifying solutions to customer and organisational issues.
Make realistic promises and deliver on them.
Team working
Work effectively and collaboratively with colleagues at all levels to achieve results..
Recognise colleagues as internal customers.
Share knowledge and experience with others to support colleague development.
Equality
Adopt a positive and enthusiastic attitude being open minded and able to tailor your service to each customer.
Be adaptable and flexible to your customer needs whilst continuing to work within the agreed customer service environment.
Presentation
Demonstrate brand advocacy, values and belief when dealing with customer requests to build trust, credibility and satisfaction.
Ensure your personal presentation, in all forms of communication, reflects positively on your organisation’s brand.