Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

CIPD Level 5 HR Partner/Consultant Apprenticeship Programme

Course Type: Adult qualifications and professional Campus: Central Brighton Campus Start Date: January 2019 Duration: Up to September 2020 Entry requirements: We will be holding an induction session on Thursday 17 January 2019 at our Central Campus from 2-5pm Qualification: CIPD Certificate in Human Resource Management Level 5 Awarding Body: CIPD

Apprenticeship aims

This Level 5 apprenticeship provides an excellent platform for both existing employees working within the HR function, or for new employees looking to further progress their careers in Human Resources.
At the end of your apprenticeship you will have gained a CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate or Diploma in Human Resource Management. 

This course will support Apprentices to:

  • Gain an overview of the structure and responsibilities of the HR function.
  • Understand the complexities that impact the operating performance of an organisation.
  • Provide HR technical expertise and ability to advice and coach managers with people issues.
  • Build effective working relationships, demonstrating flexibility and resilience
  • Deliver HR consultancy solutions and HR capability to address specific business needs
  • Learn principles of HR contribution to effective business projects and change programmes.
  • Develop competence in understanding HR systems, tools, processes and managing HR information.
  • Manage Personal Performance and Development

Who is it for?

Our CIPD Level 5 Human Resource Management Apprenticeship is designed for mid-level and senior HR Professionals who want to develop their HR skills, broaden their HR knowledge and expand their functional responsibilities. Our Tutors are CIPD qualified and highly experienced HR professionals and provide an engaging and stimulating learning experience, to enable you to leave with the confidence, knowledge and most importantly, experience to further progress your career in Human Resources in roles such as HR Generalist, HR Manager, HR Business Partner, Talent Development, Talent Acquisition. 

When will you study?

The study aspect of the course takes place on Tuesdays between 2.00pm-5.00pm. The apprenticeship can take between 18-36 months to complete. This will allow apprentices to attend weekly day release class-based lessons along with study-time to complete the written assignments. One is required per module which is one average every 6-8 weeks. This will require commitment from the Apprentice and Employer to ensure they can invest sufficient time to conduct their further reading, complete their assignments, tutor/peer observations and collate their portfolio of evidence to enable progression onto the End Point Assessment.

We will be holding an induction session on Thursday 17 January 2019 at our Central Campus from 2-5pm. This is available to attend if you are not already completing an apprenticeship. To register please email our apprenticeship team. The course start date is planned for Tuesday 22 January 2019 (2-5pm). 

Entry requirements

This apprenticeship can be used for existing employees who are mid-level and senior HR professionals, as well as new employees who are looking to progress their career within HR.

Apprentices are likely to be working in a range of HR roles such as a generalist role, where they provide support across a range of HR areas; or a specialist role with depth of experience in areas such as Resourcing, Total Reward, Organisational Development, Employee Relations, or HR Operations.

On successful completion of this course, students can go onto study the CIPD Advanced Level 7 in HRM qualification. 

How long does it take to complete the Level 5 Apprenticeship Programme?

CIPD recommend between 18 months to 36 months for Apprentices to complete the programme depending upon a CIPD Centre provision, the level of support provided by the employer and the readiness of the Apprentice.

At Greater Brighton MET College, we aim to achieve the balance between enabling employers and apprentices the ability to complete the programme in a paced manner alongside ensuring this doesn’t compromise quality and learning progression.

Therefore, we recommend a typical timeframe to complete the programme would be between 18-24 months:

  • Approx 18 - 20months to complete the Certificate/Diploma qualification modules, skills based workshops/e-learning and workplace evidence based portfolio.
  • Plus, between 2- 6 months to complete the End-Point Assessment with CIPD: Consultative Project and Professional Discussion. This will depend upon the readiness of the Apprentice and availability of CIPD Assessors. We will arrange this with CIPD and the employer.

This will allow for apprentices to attend weekly day release class-based lessons along with study-time to complete the written assignments. One is required per module which is one average every 6-8 weeks. This will require commitment from the Apprentice and Employer to ensure they can invest sufficient time to conduct their further reading, complete their assignments, tutor/peer observations and collate their portfolio of evidence to enable progression onto the End Point Assessment.

Content overview

This course will support Apprentices to achieve: 

  • Overview of the structure and responsibilities of the HR function
  • Understanding the complexities that impact the operating performance of an organisation
  • Providing HR technical expertise and ability to advice and coach managers with people issues
  • Build effective working relationships, demonstrating flexibility and resilience
  • Deliver HR consultancy solutions and HR capability to address specific business needs
  • Principles of HR contribution to effective business projects and change programmes
  • Develop competence in understanding HR systems, tools, processes and managing HR information
  • Manage Personal Performance and Development

Assessment:

Written assignments (one per module)

• End Point Assessment conducted by CIPD: Consultative project and professional discussion

Why the MET?

We are highly experienced at delivering apprenticeships throughout England, offering a blended learning approach incorporating classroom based, e-learning and workplace portfolio elements. Our CIPD tutors are qualified HR Practitioners with extensive experience across the globe and across a range of sectors. 

In addition to our Tutors, we invite Guest Speakers from industry (HR Directors), CIPD Sussex Branch, Institute of Employment Studies and Employment Lawyers to share a range of HR Practitioner insights and experience as well as evidence based HRM research and expertise knowledge.

The College has a Learning Resource Centre which provides text books, journals and online cataloguing to support your studies. It also has study areas, computers to support written assessments. Learning Support is also available in addition to individual tutorials which can be organised via the Tutor. 

  • Additional Level 5 Diploma unit information

    The following bullets provide further information on the core modules that form part of the CIPD Level 5 Apprenticeship:

    • Developing professional practice

    Apprentices will develop an understanding of the key capabilities required by HR professionals working at mid-senior levels. They will self-assess against CIPD Professional Standards to create a development plan and obtain feedback on their progression.

    • Business issues and the context of HR

    This module explores the external and internal influences on business strategy and examines HR’s role in contributing to strategy formulation and implementation.

    • Using information in HR

    The apprentice will use a topic of their choice to understand how research methods and data can effectively influence change. They will have the opportunity to develop the skills to present business cases for positive change and process improvement such as writing business reports.

    • Resourcing & Talent Planning

    Through studying this module, the apprentice will be introduced to the core HR practices used to resource organisations effectively. These include workforce planning, recruitment and selection, talent retention and development, succession planning, retirement and dismissal processes. 

    • Employment Law

    This module examines the key areas of the UK law and legislation, covering areas such as TUPE, redundancy & organisational change, disciplinary and grievance procedures, health & safety, discrimination, bullying and harassment. Apprentices will develop the skills required to make informed and effective decisions, compliantly guiding organisations on the day-to-day HR activities subjected to regulation.

    • Managing & coordinating the HR function

    Apprentices will gain a comprehensive overview of how HR roles and the function can operate across a range of sectors and size of organisations.

    • Developing & using consultancy skills

    This module equips apprentices with the skills to undertake a range of the roles of a HR Consultant. It will explore how they can partner with leaders and managers to address business needs and identify appropriate solutions such as talent development, performance management and resourcing. The skills of influencing and relationship management will be developed to enable apprentices to collaborate and communicate with people at all levels.

  • Additional modules

    If employers would like the apprentice to complete the Level 5 Diploma in Human Resource Management, additional units are available:

    • Improving organisational performance

    This module introduces the apprentice to how organisations can drive sustained organisation performance by creating a high performance work organisation (HPWO) and involving line managers in the performance management process. They will examine the different conceptual frameworks of high performance working (HPW) and examines its impact on organisational performance, competitive advantage, employee engagement and employee well-being.

    • Employee engagement

    Apprentices will develop a broad understanding of what is meant by employee engagement, including how it can be linked to and yet be distinguished from other related concepts such as employee wellbeing and employee voice. It covers the key drivers of employee engagement and the processes through which high levels of engagement can be secured and sustained within an organisation.

    In addition to these modules, we will provide the following skill-based workshops and e-learning modules to build the skill sets required for delivering the core capabilities of an effective HR professional:

    • HR’s role within organisational change workshop

    Apprentices will understand the key theories and tools for managing organisational change effectively. They will explore the various roles HR should play to successfully support senior leaders, line managers and employees during business changes. Examples of business projects and change programmes will be explored, along with the concept of Organisational Development and how it contributes to major organisational change.

    • HR systems & management information (MI)

    This workshop introduces the range of HR systems and processes required to effectively manage data both internally and externally. It looks at how HR professionals can research, analyse and effectively present HR/business data to provide insight, track performance and continuously improve solutions to business issues.

    Prince 2 project management skills

    We recognise that project management skills are part of the critical skill set for HR Professionals and thus unique to our CIPD apprenticeship programmes, are providing apprentices with the option to complete a Prince 2 Project Management qualification via distance learning. Apprentices will also have the option to identify one of the e-learning modules as part of their chosen specialist HR area of practice:

    • Total Reward Management
    • HR Operations
    • Organisational Development

What is involved with the End-Point Assessment?

Once the Apprentice has completed and passed each Certificate/Diploma module, successfully attended the skills-based workshops, completed their online learning and workplace evidence portfolio, they will progress onto the final End-Point Assessment stage. This is managed independently by CIPD who are the End-Point Assessment Organisation.

There are 2 elements to the End-Point Assessment:

  • Consultative Project
  • Professional Discussion

An experienced assessor will review and mark the project report, if the student has not met the required standard and fails the report, CIPD will provide an opportunity for the student to review and resubmit the report.
An experienced assessor will conduct the professional discussion via a video link (Skype or other available acct). CIPD do have assessors across the UK who can conduct face to face professional discussions. Where possible they will make the best use of technology and use virtual options. Through the Consultative Project and the Professional Discussion CIPD will assess the apprentice against the Knowledge Skills and Behaviours required for Level 5 Apprenticeship Standard.

What is required to ensure readiness to complete the End-Point Assessment?

  • The apprentice will receive personal coaching, support and guidance to ensure their readiness for End-Point Assessment by the college
  • They will be required to complete and manage a portfolio of evidence throughout the programme to enable their effective transition to the end-point assessment within the workplace
  • It is essential that the employer provides the necessary time, resources and support to enable their apprentice to successfully achieve this
  • CIPD will provide webinars specifically for apprentices including guidance on professional discussions and completing the consultative project report

Links with employers

The College is in a prime location with an abundance of local businesses across private, public, voluntary/not-for-profit and SME sectors where they rely heavily on the expertise of HR professionals.
Many employers utilise the College to advertise HR roles to seek future talent. 

In addition, the College partners closely with local recruitment consultants who share their knowledge of the local and regional job market, enabling you to further enhance your employability and career as a HR professional. 

Links with employers

Costs

Apprentices are expected to be a CIPD member to study this qualification which will incur an additional fee. As part of this membership they will receive monthly People Management Magazine, gain access to a wealth of online study support, learning materials such as podcasts, videos, research reports, fact-sheets and become a member of the CIPD Sussex Branch which hosts a wide range of networking events across the region.

CIPD also advises apprentices to purchase up to three textbooks to support their learning on the programme.

Further information on employing an apprentice or apprenticeships for your team. 

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Careers

Potential Careers

Human resource manager or director

Typical Tasks:

  • Determines staffing needs.
  • Oversees the preparation of job descriptions, drafts advertisements and interviews candidates.
  • Oversees the monitoring of employee performance and career development needs.
  • Provides or arranges for provision of training courses.
  • Undertakes industrial relations negotiations with employees.
  • Develops and administers salary, health and safety and promotion policies.
  • Examines and reports on company and departmental structures, chains of command, information flows, etc. and evaluates efficiency of existing operations.
  • Considers alternative work procedures to improve productivity.
  • Stays abreast of relevant legislation, considers its impact on the organisation.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 4.1% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £29,075

AVERAGE £50,856

POTENTIAL £94,400

Desired Skills:
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Monitoring
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Mathematics

Human resources or industrial relations officer

Typical Tasks:

  • Undertakes research into pay differentials, productivity and efficiency bonuses and other payments.
  • Develops and recommends personnel and industrial relations policies, assists with their implementation and drafts staff handbooks.
  • Assists with negotiations between management and employees or trades unions concerning pay and conditions of employment.
  • Interviews candidates for jobs.
  • Advises on training and recruitment, negotiating procedures, salary agreements and other personnel and industrial relations issues.
  • Deals with grievance and disciplinary procedures, and with staff welfare and counselling provision.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 6.5% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £19,247

AVERAGE £28,958

POTENTIAL £44,870

Desired Skills:
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Active Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Learning Strategies
  • Mathematics

Human resources administrative occupation

Typical Tasks:

  • Supports senior HR staff in the development and implementation of HR and industrial relations policies.
  • Arranges advertisements for jobs in the relevant media.
  • Provides practical support for recruitment and selection procedures such as checking application forms, arranging interviews of candidates and ensuring the interview panel receive all relevant documentation.
  • Provides administrative support for training courses, work placements etc.
  • Implements and maintains HR records systems.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 3.5% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £16,088

AVERAGE £20,943

POTENTIAL £29,796

Desired Skills:
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Active Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Learning Strategies
  • Mathematics
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